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Turkey will cling to Russia as its only friend in the storm

The assassination of Andrey Karlov will not herald a downturn in relations

By David Barchard  

A Turkish policeman checks a wreath near the Russian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on 20th December, 2016 ©Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images

When Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey who was gunned down at an Ankara art gallery opening on Monday evening first arrived in the country in 2013, Turkish-Russian relations were still locked in a post-Cold War chill. His term of office was turbulent. Relations between Ankara and Moscow went through…

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