'Israel, ISIL plotted Russian envoy's assassination in Turkey'

The assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey on Monday may have been plotted by elements in Israel or by Daesh (ISIL) sympathizers to damage the improving ties between Moscow and Ankara and disrupt the peace process in Syria, a political analyst in California says.

The murder may have also been ordered by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to falsely blame the attack on US-based Turkish opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen and push for his extradition, said Scott Bennett, a former US Army psychological warfare officer.

“This is a typical move by third-party elements such as the Israeli Mossad and [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu or genuine ISIL sympathizers to trigger an alienation between Russia and Turkey,” Bennett told Press TV on Wednesday.

The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was fatally shot on Monday by an off-duty policeman while attending an event at an art gallery in Ankara.

The assailant, identified as 22-year-old…

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