Telephone conversation between Russian Head of Government Dmitry Medvedev and Turkish Prime Minister
On December 19, 2016, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called Dmitry Medvedev on behalf of the Government and
people of Turkey to express condolences over the tragic death of Ambassador Andrei Karlov.
Mr Yildirim spoke highly about the Russian ambassadorís contribution to the development of bilateral relations and
said that the terrorist attack was designed to hinder the normalisation of Russian-Turkish cooperation and to
complicate their joint efforts to settle regional problems.
Dmitry Medvedev replied that the murder of an ambassador in a terrorist attack is an extraordinary situation in
international relations. He urged the Turkish Government to act immediately and take comprehensive and exhaustive steps
to identify and punish the organisers, sponsors and patrons of this crime.
Binali Yildirim told Mr Medvedev that the Turkish law enforcement authorities had already launched the investigation
and would keep in touch with their Russian colleagues. He also said that he would personally monitor the investigation
into the murder of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov.