Russia has staged a sombre memorial ceremony for Andrei Karlov, the ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara by a man shouting “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar”.
Despite the killing of Moscow’s ambassador to Ankara, the two nations stand together in their joint peace plan for Syria
Russia and Turkey described the assassination on Monday as a failed attempt to derail a rapprochement between Moscow and Ankara, which has seen them cooperate more closely over Syria, where they have backed different sides in the conflict.
Diplomats and family members gathered at the Russian foreign ministry, a looming Stalin-era skyscraper in central Moscow, to bid farewell to Karlov, who was 62.
TV footage showed Karlov’s body lying in an open casket in the building’s marble lobby, flanked by a uniformed honour guard, as mourners including the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, and the foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, approached to lay flowers.
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