Coffin of slain ambassador sent to Russia with state ceremony

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Members of a Turkish forces honour guard carry the Russian flag-draped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov on the tarmac of Ankara's Esenboğa Airport on December 20, 2016, before the coffin is transported on a Russian plane for Moscow. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

The coffin of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, who was assassinated by a Turkish policeman in Ankara on Monday, was sent to Russia with an official ceremony on Tuesday.

Members of a Turkish forces honor guard carried the Russian-flag-draped coffin of the late Ambassador Karlov and a picture of him during a ceremonial farewell with full state honors on the tarmac of Ankara Esenboğa Airport on Tuesday.

Marina Davydova Karlova, widow of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, reacts in front of his coffin, during a ceremonial farewell with full state honours on the tarmac of Ankara's Esenboğa Airport on December 20, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
Marina Davydova Karlova, widow of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, reacts in front of his coffin, during a ceremonial farewell with full state honours on the tarmac of Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport on December 20, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Veteran diplomat Karlov was shot nine times in the back by an off-duty Turkish policeman at the opening of an exhibition of Russian photography on Monday. The brazen killing stunned Ankara and Moscow, which have repeatedly been at odds over the Syria conflict but in recent weeks have begun cooperating closely on the evacuations from war-wrecked Aleppo.

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