VLADIMIR Putin has promised to “step up” his fight against terrorists following this afternoon’s horrific attack in Ankara.
He said the assassination of his country’s ambassador to Turkey was “clearly a provocation” and vowed vowed to make those responsible “feel the heat”.
Mr Putin said this evening: “This murder is clearly a provocation aimed at undermining the improvement and normalisation of Russian-Turkish relations as well as undermining the peace process in Syria promoted by Russia, Turkey, Iran and other countries interested in solving this conflict in Syria.
“The only response we should offer to this murder is stepping up our fight against terror.
Putin has promised to make terrorists “feel the heat”
The gunman opened fire during a speech at an art gallery this evening
“We need to strengthen security at Russian diplomatic commissions and Turkish diplomatic commissions in Russia.
“We also need to receive guarantees from Turkey that Russian diplomatic missions in Turkey will enjoy strengthened security.”
He will posthumously receive a state honour, Mr Putin confirmed, as he died at his post.
The gunman was killed by police after assassinating the Russian ambassador
He shouted “Allahu Akbar” and ranted about Aleppo and Syria.
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