The Russians Aren’t Buying Turkey’s Story That It Was the Gulenists Who Assassinated Their Ambassador

From Jason Hanna and James Masters for CNN:

(CNN)The Kremlin has pushed back against Turkey’s allegations that a movement led by exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Ankara.

“We need to wait for results of a joint investigative group. You shouldn’t be in a rush to make conclusions until the investigation identifies who was behind the murder of our ambassador,” Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said Wednesday.
Russian and Turkish investigators are trying to learn more about the assassination of Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov, who was gunned down Monday evening while speaking at the opening of an art exhibition in Turkey’s capital.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that Turkey believes Gulen’s movement was behind the assassination, Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported.
Its looks like the Russians are on to the game the Erdogan regime is playing in trying to blame the Gulenists for as much as possible as continued justification for their crackdown. The breakdown of the people arrested in the CNN story sound similar to yesterday’s WSJ story quoted here. Neither story names the individual giving the information.
Perhaps it’s that the Russians are well aware that the assassin shouted an Al Nusra slogan
during his attack. DEBKAfile, a news agency close to Israeli Intelligence, indeed referred to the assassin as an Al Nusra jihadist.

The 22-year old Turkish special operations police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas, who assassinated Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara Monday, Dec. 12, was a member of the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch. Atlintas approached the ambassador as he gave a speech opening a photo exhibit in the Turkish capital and shot him in the back five times. After yelling “We die in Aleppo, you die here,” he recited sentences from an Arabic prayer which are Nusra’s anthem. He went on shouting “We made an oath to die in martyrdom…it is revenge for Syria and Aleppo.”

He is believed to have added: “Until they are safe, you will not taste safety. Get back, only death will take me from here.”

Does Erdogan want to cover up Al Nursa’s involvement as he is on record as not seeing them as a terrorist organization because they fight ISIS? No matter really, as he’s thrown in with Putin who just sees the loss of his ambassador as a war casaulty. Still, the Russians hesitancy in letting Erdogan blame this on the Gulenists will be worth watching.


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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