Putin to Pay Respects to Slain Karlov, Annual Conference Rescheduled for Dec. 23

Putin to Pay Respects to Slain Karlov, Annual Conference Rescheduled for Dec. 23 | Русская весна

Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay respects to assassinated Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov on Thursday, moving back his annual news conference by a day, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

Karlov was shot and killed at an art gallery exhibition opening in Ankara on Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it considered the attack a terrorist act.  

"Due to the fact that the last respects and the funeral of the murdered Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov will be held on Thursday, the President decided to hold a large annual press conference [on Friday, December 23]," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. 

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