Putin attends funeral of slain ambassador to Turkey

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 22: Russian President Vladimir Putin, stands behind the coffin during funeral service for Russia's ambassador to Turkey Andrey ?Karlov, in Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on December 22, 2016. Karlov was delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of a photo exhibit when an armed assailant 22-year-old riot police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas opened fire on him. Assailant has been killed by the Turkish police during a fire exchange at the crime scene. Kremlin Press Office / Anadolu Agency

 

The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, who was assassinated by a Turkish police officer on Monday, was laid to rest on Thursday in a funeral attended by President Vladimir Putin.

A service was held at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow for Karlov, who was gunned down at an art gallery in Ankara on Dec. 19.

While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan put the blame for the murder on the Gülen movement as he did for a coup attempt on July 15, Russian officials have stated that it is too early to determine the identity and affiliations of the assassin.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Jaish al-Fatah, an umbrella organization that encompasses the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, reportedly claimed responsibility for the murder of Karlov.

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