Plane with body of slain Russian envoy lands in Moscow: Agencies

Members of a Turkish forces honour guard carry the Russian flag-draped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov during a ceremonial farewell with full state honours on the tarmac of Ankara's Esenboga Airport on Dec 20, 2016, before t
Members of a Turkish forces honour guard carry the Russian flag-draped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov during a ceremonial farewell with full state honours on the tarmac of Ankara's Esenboga Airport on Dec 20, 2016, before the coffin is transported on a Russian plane for Moscow. PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - A Russian plane carrying the body of the ambassador assassinated in Turkey landed on Tuesday (Dec 20) in Moscow, met by the top Russian and Turkish diplomats.

Andrei Karlov's coffin and his widow travelled back to Russia after the veteran diplomat was shot dead by a 22-year-old Turkish policeman at an art exhibit in Ankara on Monday (Dec 19) in what Moscow called an "act of terror".

TV footage from the Vnukovo airport showed Karlov's widow and another relative led off the plane by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, who met the two women after the landing.

 

The coffin was carried by an honour guard and loaded onto a hearse to the sound of sombre music from a military band.