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Funeral ceremony for Russia's ambassador to Turkey

December 22, 2016, 10:58 UTC+3

Vladimir Putin has attended the service to pay last respects to the diplomat

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Russian servicemen carry a coffin with the body of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov
Russian servicemen carry a coffin with the body of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov
Russian servicemen carry a coffin with the body of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov
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A funeral ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov at the offices of the Russian Foreign Ministry
A funeral ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov at the offices of the Russian Foreign Ministry
A funeral ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov at the offices of the Russian Foreign Ministry
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Andrei Karlov's widow Marina and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Andrei Karlov's widow Marina and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Andrei Karlov's widow Marina and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
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A funeral ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov
A funeral ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov
A funeral ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin
Russia's President Vladimir Putin
Russia's President Vladimir Putin
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Russia's Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev
Russia's Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev
Russia's Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev
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Andrei Karlov's mother Maria and widow Marina seen after a funeral ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov at the offices of the Russian Foreign Ministry
Andrei Karlov's mother Maria and widow Marina seen after a funeral ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov at the offices of the Russian Foreign Ministry
Andrei Karlov's mother Maria and widow Marina seen after a funeral ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov at the offices of the Russian Foreign Ministry
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Russian servicemen carry a coffin with the body of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov
© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS
A funeral ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov at the offices of the Russian Foreign Ministry
© Valery Sharifulin/TASS
Andrei Karlov's widow Marina and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
© Valery Sharifulin/TASS
A funeral ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov
© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS
Russia's President Vladimir Putin
© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS
Russia's Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev
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Andrei Karlov's mother Maria and widow Marina seen after a funeral ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov at the offices of the Russian Foreign Ministry
© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS
© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS

MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. A funeral service for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, killed in Ankara on December 19, has begun in Moscow. The ceremony is taking place in the entrance hall of the Foreign Ministry’s main building.

Servicemen of the Preobrazhensky Regiment of the Russian Armed Forces are carrying the guard of honor. Family members and the Foreign Ministry staff are bidding farewell to the departed ambassador.

Security measures have been tightened in the area.

Vladimir Putin has paid his last respects to the diplomat

The Russian president  has paid his last respects to Andrey Karlov. Putin attended the funeral ceremony at the foreign ministry’s building and laid burgundy roses at the coffin. He also conveyed his condolences to the family of the departed ambassador - his mother, widow, son and sister. 

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also bid their final farewells to the departed ambassador. Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who knew Karlov personally and worked at the Russian embassy in Turkey himself, also laid flowers beside the casket.

On Wednesday, Putin awarded Andrey Karlov a Hero of Russia title posthumously.

In order to attend the funeral ceremony, the president had postponed his annual press conference.

Head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, will conduct a pre-burial prayer service for Karlov in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

Russia’s ambassador Andrey Karlov was assassinated as he was opening a photography exhibition in Ankara on Monday, December 19. The killer, who was eliminated by the Turkish police during a special operation, was later identified as a 22-year old Turkish riot police officer.

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