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China condemns murder of Russian ambassador to Turkey

December 20, 2016, 6:09 UTC+3 BEIJING

"Together with the international community, China is ready to support Russia's efforts and actions in the fight against terrorism," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

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BEIJING, December 20. /TASS/. China condemns the murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a telegram sent to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

"We resolutely condemn this barbaric act aimed at the diplomat. China stands against any form of terrorism," the foreign minister said.

"Together with the international community, China is ready to support Russia's efforts and actions in the fight against terrorism and to strengthen cooperation (in this sphere," Wang Yi noted.

A gunman fired shots at the Russian diplomat at the opening of the photo exhibition "Russia from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka in the eyes of a traveler" in Ankara on Monday. Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Karlov died from the injuries. She said Moscow considers this as a terrorist attack.

Turkish authorities said the attacker was immediately liquidated by local security forces. Three other people were injured on the scene. A source in the Russian Embassy in Ankara told TASS that there were no Russians among those injured.

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