Reacting to news of the attack on the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto condemned the act of terrorism as an assault on the diplomatic community and expressed their condolences on behalf of Hungary to the Russian people and the family members of the victim. Russian Ambassador to Turkey, 62-year-old Andrey Karlov, died on Monday following an attack by a gunman while opening an Embassy-sponsored exhibition at Ankara’s Gallery of Contemporary Art.

“It is with shock that we received the news of the attack against the Russian Ambassador to Ankara, which we condemn in the strongest possible terms”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó told Hungarian news agency MTI on Monday. In a statement, Szijjártó asserted that "this tragedy is also proof of the fact that action must be taken against every form of terrorism. We assure the family of the Ambassador and all Russian citizens of our deepest condolences.”

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán also sent an official letter of condolence to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the letter, the Hungarian prime minister wrote: “It is with deep shock that I learned that the Russian Federation’s Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Ankara had been the victim of a terrorist attack.” “Hungary utterly condemns all forms of terrorism and all manifestations of violence,” Prime Minister Orbán wrote.