On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in the mourning ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov who was assassinated in Ankara, moving back his annual press conference by a day, to Friday, Dec. 23, Kremlin press service said on Wednesday.
Karlov was shot 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.
he Putin’s annual press conference is held since 2001. In 2008-2012 it was suspended, when Putin became Russia’s Prime Minister. The Q&A sessions were reintroduced in 2012 after Mr Putin was re-elected President of Russia.
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