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June 20, 2017

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Moscow names new Turkey ambassador after assassination

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday appointed a new ambassador to Turkey following the killing of Moscow’s previous envoy Andrei Karlov in December. In a decree posted in an official database, Putin gave an order to "appoint Alexei Yerkhov as ... ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey." Yerkhov, 57, previously worked with Karlov as the Russian consul in Istanbul. He currently heads the foreign ministry’s crisis centre which issues official travel advice. Karlov, 62, was shot nine times at point-blank range by a 22-year-old policeman at the opening of a photo exhibition on December 19. He died on the spot. The assailant, Mevlut Mert Altintas, shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) and "Don’t forget Aleppo" as he opened fire, before being shot dead by Turkish guards.

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