Assassinated ambassador’s wish realized after Turkish, Russian cities become sisters
Marina Karlov, the widow of Karlov, who was shot dead by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş on Dec. 19, 2016, said her late husband wanted a Turkish city to be a sister city with his hometown Klintsy in Bryansk Oblast, prompting officials in the Demre district of the southern province of Antalya to take action on the issue.
The council unanimously approved the motion, which was followed by approval from the Interior Ministry.
Russian Consul General to Antalya Oleg Vasilyeviç Rogoza, Russian Consul to Antalya Ivan Stepanov, Demre District Governor Murat Uz, Demre Mayor Topçu, Klintsy City Management Head Oleg Pavlovich and Bryansk Oblast lawmaker Vladimir Ivanovich Vasilenko were present at the ceremony in Demre.
Topçu and Pavlovich signed the protocol after folk dance shows and music recitals.
“I believe this relationship will make a significant contribution to the friendship between Turkey and Russia, as well as world peace,” Topçu also said.
Pavlovich, meanwhile, said the protocol will bring the two countries closer together.