Analysis 20 Dec 16

Russia, Turkey, Close Ranks Over Diplomat's Assassination

Moscow and Ankara have made it clear that they will not allow Monday’s assassination of Ambassador Andrey Karlov to disrupt Russo-Turkish rapprochement.

BIRN
Ankara, Istanbul
Andrey Karlov. Photo: Ali Balıkçı/Anadolu Agency

Both Russia and Turkey did well in crisis management in the immediate aftermath of Monday’s assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey and kept cool heads and good working relations, despite the shocking nature of the incident, Kerim Has, an expert on Turkey-Russia relations at Moscow State University, told BIRN.

 “The Russian President and other Russian leaders have avoided blaming Turkey. This means Russia sees the attack as a provocation against two countries' improving relations. Another stagnation in Turkish-Russian relations is not likely,” he added.

Russia and Turkey are expected to continue working closely on the war in Syria, he added.

“Moreover, a meeting between Turkey, Russia and Iran on the future of Syria was not cancelled. This is another positive attempt to avoid doing any harm to relations,” he concluded.

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