Russian envoy to Azerbaijan shares memories of assassinated ambassador Andrey Karlov

Russian envoy to Azerbaijan shares memories of assassinated ambassador Andrey Karlov
# 20 December 2016 15:29 (UTC +04:00)

The fact that Andrey Karlov had been appointed ambassador to Turkey, a country of huge importance to Russia, explains a few things, Russia’s ambassador to Azerbaijan, Vladimir Dorokhin, told reporters on Tuesday.

The diplomat said he had worked with Karlov together at Russia’s foreign ministry, noting that the latter was a diplomat of some reputation.

“He was the director of the Consulate Department and I was the director of the department on relations with UNESCO. Karlov was one of our youngest colleagues to be appointed ambassador. He was appointed ambassador to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as he was specializing in this country,” Dorokhin said.

“Then, he headed the human resources department for a while and finally was appointed as an ambassador to Turkey. I was aware of his opinions, and got acquainted with the information on the Russian-Turkish, Turkish-Azerbaijani relations he was sending to the center. He was a decent man. It is regrettable that he was killed in such a way,” he added.

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was gunned down on December 19 as he was speaking at the opening of a photo exhibition Russia from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka through a Traveler’s Eyes.

The Turkish authorities identified the attacker as former police officer Mevlut Mert Altyntash. He was promptly eliminated by the local security forces. The attacker had injured three other persons. The Russian Foreign Ministry has qualified the attack as an act of terrorism.

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