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Dec 20, 2016

PM Orbán sends letter of condolence to President Putin following shooting of Russian Ambassador in Turkey

“Hungary utterly condemns all forms of terrorism and all manifestations of violence," PM Orbán wrote

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has sent a letter of condolence to President Vladimir Putin, following the death of Russia’s ambassador to Ankara in an armed attack in the Turkish capital.

The Russian ambassador, 62-year-old Andrey Karlov, died from his injuries on Monday night after being shot by an attacker. The attack occurred in Ankara’s Gallery of Contemporary Art, where the ambassador was giving a speech at the opening of an embassy-sponsored exhibition entitled “Russia as seen by Turks”. The attacker was shot dead at the scene.

In the letter the Hungarian prime minister wrote that “it is with deep shock that I learnt that the Russian Federation’s extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador to Ankara had been the victim of a terrorist attack."

“Hungary utterly condemns all forms of terrorism and all manifestations of violence," PM Orbán wrote.

Speaking in the name of the Hungarian government, the prime minister assured President Putin and the people of Russia of his support, and expressed his condolences to the family of the victim.