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Russian parliament speaker says diplomat's murder stab in world community’s back

MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. The assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, is a stab in the back to the entire world community, Russia’s State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin told reporters.

According to him, at Wednesday’s plenary session, lawmakers will discuss a statement condemning the Russian diplomat’s murder and urging joint efforts to combat terrorism.

"We well call on all the parliamentary bodies to stand strong for peace and against terrorism, and urge steps to prevent attacks on diplomatic missions," Volodin stated.

"Ambassador Andrei Karlov was killed in a cowardly attack. We believe such incidents to be unacceptable, we will do everything possible to prevent them," the speaker stressed.

"This (the assassination of the Russian envoy to Turkey) is a stab in the back to the entire world community, to those who call for peace and who fight terrorism. There are terrorists tied to this despicable act," Volodin added. He also said that "only by working together can we combat this evil." "We should do everything possible for this, using parliamentary diplomacy and employing the capabilities of all the countries’ parliaments," he concluded.

Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was gunned down on Monday night while he was delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition dubbed "Russia from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka through the eyes of travelers". According to Turkey’s authorities, the attacker was immediately neutralized by security forces. The attack also left three people wounded. Russia’s foreign ministry officially declared it a terrorist attack, while the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case labeling Karlov’s assassination an act of international terrorism.