Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

Secretary Kerry Speaks at a Press Conference

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 19, 2016

The United States condemns the assassination today in Ankara of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, the Russian people, and with the other victims who were injured in this shooting.

We stand ready to offer assistance to Russia and Turkey as they investigate this despicable attack, which was also an assault on the right of all diplomats to safely and securely advance and represent their nations around the world.