The state of Russian/Turkish relations will deteriorate even further after the assassination of Diplomat Andrei Karlov.
Diplomat Andrei Karlov was blasted multiple times by a gunman who shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “we die in Aleppo, you die here” as he carried out the assassination today.
The Russian was opening an art gallery exhibition in Turkey’s capital of Ankara when the horror attack happened in front of live TV cameras.
It comes just a day before Turkey, Russia and Iran were set to meet in Moscow to discuss the situation in Syria.
The gunman has been reported to be a 22-year-old riot cop named Mert Altintas who waited behind the ambassador as he spoke, before shooting him five times in the back.
After spraying the room with bullets he went on a chilling hate-filled rant and was later shot dead by cops.
According to agency TASS, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “We qualify the events as a terrorist attack, we stay in contact with Turkish officials who have pledged that a through all-round investigation will be carried out.
“The attackers will be punished. Today this issue will be brought up at the UN Security Council.”
A Turkish official said President Erdogan has spoken over the phone with Putin to discuss the killing, but the details of the call have been kept confidential.
Media sources in Turkey have been hit with a news blackout after the shooting was broadcast live.
Tensions between Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have been mounting since a Russian attack aircraft was shot down by the Turkish air force in November last year.
The Kremlin hit back with a string of sanctions against Turkey, such as banning Turkish exports of fruit and veg.
Earlier this year the leaders of the two countries met in a bid to repair the relationship.
But the ambassador’s killing is set to anger Russia and spark deadly consequences.
Speaking to Sky News about what sparked the attack, expert on Turkish/Russian relations Fadi Hakura said: “I think that Russia will not take this lying down. I think Russia will intensify activities in Syria and Russian intelligence will track down the perpetrators of this assassination attempt.
“They will adopt a robust line.”
Tensions have escalated in recent weeks as Russian-backed Syrian forces have fought for control of the eastern part of the city of Aleppo, triggering a stream of refugees.