When an American ambassador in Benghazi was murdered there was really no appreciable response from the United States. Now the Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot and killed by a man who shouted in Arabic, “We are the one who pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to wage jihad.”. It’s generally expected that Russia’s response will be swift and overwhelming.
Putin was quoted as saying, “There can be only one answer to this – stepping up the fight against terrorism, and the bandits will feel this.”
It should be remembered that Archduke Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 sparking World War I. This is one to keep an eye on. It’s quite possible that diplomacy will step in and the response will be measured but it’s also possible that the borders of some eastern bloc countries are about to change.
Special forces kill gunman identified by Turkish interior ministry as riot police officer Mevlut Mert Altıntas