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Parliament speaker: Russian envoy's murder aimed at disrupting peace settlement in Syria

December 20, 2016, 21:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"It’s essential to do everything in our power for keeping up the struggle with terrorists in Syria," Speaker of Russia’s State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin said

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MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. Speaker of Russia’s State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin believes that the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov comes across as an attempt on the part of the forces feeding the terrorists in a hope to frustrate peace settlement in Syria.

"This without a doubt is a challenge to the world community on the part of those who want bloodletting, who want the terrorist state to keep back positions in Syria and in the region at large," Volodin told Rossiya’24 news channel.

"This assassination must bring it home to everyone that it’s essential to do everything in our power for keeping up the struggle with terrorists in Syria," he said. "Certain quarters dislike these successful steps and efforts are in full swing to counteract this peace process."

An armed man whom the police identified later as a 22-year-old former police officer opened indiscriminate fire on Monday in an arts gallery in Ankara where Ambassador Karlov was opening a photo exhibition. He received a gunshot wound, of which he died at hospital later.

Turkish officials said the attacker was eliminated on the spot. Apart from the ambassador, he wounded three more people.

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