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Ambassador Andrei Karlov, 62, was several minutes into a speech at the embassy-sponsored exhibition in the Turkish capital of Ankara when a man fired at least eight shots, according to an AP photographer in the audience.The killing came after days of protests in Turkey over Russia's role in Syria, although Moscow and Ankara are now working closely together to evacuate citizens from the battered city of Aleppo.Putin called the killing of Russia's ambassador a "provocation" aimed at sabotaging warming ties between Moscow and Ankara and efforts to resolve the conflict in Syria.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan echoed Putin's comments, saying the killing was aimed at wrecking a normalization process that had taken root after a crisis sparked when Turkey shot down a Russian plane over Syria.He served as Russia's ambassador to Pyongyang from 2001 to 2006, and later worked as the chief of the Foreign Ministry's consular department. He had served as ambassador to Turkey since 2013 .Turkey and Russia stand on opposite sides of the Syria conflict with Ankara backing rebels trying to topple Moscow's ally President Bashar Assad.
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