Ankara shooting: Andrey Karlov could be the Franz Ferdinand of our times, says George Galloway

Turkish police are seen in the aftermath of the shooting

Turkish police lock down the area around the site of the shooting

Monday, December 19, 2016

George Galloway has suggested today's shooting could be in Ankara could be as significant as the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo 102 years ago.

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov was gunned down at an art exhibition and died after being taken to hospital. Russian President Vladimir Putin was reportedly consulting with his senior security advisers in the wake of the murder.

Galloway said "The shot which rang out in Sarajevo in 19 and 14 echoed across the world and was matched by a billion shots and a million, million deaths. As soon as I heard, or rather saw, the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara, I immediately thought back to that shot which echoed around the world.

"The consequences... could be very grave indeed. They add to the already highly unstable, deeply troubled [Middle East] and to the confrontation between Western countries and Vladimir Putin.

"If Turkey is found to be in any culpable for the death of the Russian ambassador then all bets are off. The Russian revenge would be swift and would be very severe indeed."

Galloway also said that, if the gunman has been shot dead "to stop him talking, then "it's all a bit Lee Harvey Oswald, isn't it?"

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