Russia gives France puppy to replace killed police dog

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A Russian police officer holds a puppy, named Dobrynya, before presenting it to French police in the French Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Russian police puppy Dobrynya will take place of a French service dog Diesel which died in a special operation held in Paris on November 18. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
French Ambassador to Russia, Jean Maurice Ripert, holds a puppy, named Dobrynya, as his wife Yael pets the puppy during a ceremony presenting the puppy to French police in the French Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Russian police puppy Dobrynya will take the place of French service dog Diesel which died in a special operation held in Paris on November 18. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
French Ambassador in Russia, Jean Maurice Ripert, holds a puppy, named Dobrynya, as his wife Yael and Russian Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Igor Zubov, left, smile during a presentation ceremony of the puppy to French police in the French Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Russian police puppy Dobrynya will take place of a French service dog Diesel which died in a special operation held in Paris on November 18. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A Russian police officer holds a puppy, named Dobrynya, as a French police officer smiles before presenting the puppy to French police in the French Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Russian police puppy Dobrynya will take place of a French service dog Diesel which died in a special operation held in Paris on November 18. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A puppy, named Dobrynya, sits before a ceremony of presenting it to French police in the French Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Russian police puppy Dobrynya will take place of a French service dog Diesel which died in a special operation held in Paris on November 18. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A Russian police officer holds a puppy, named Dobrynya, before presenting it to French police in the French Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Russian police puppy Dobrynya will take the place of a French service dog Diesel which died in a special operation held in Paris on November 18. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
In this undated photo provided by the Russian Interior Ministry, a Russian police officer holds a puppy, named Dobrynya, Russian Interior Ministry said Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 that it will send a puppy to their French counterparts as a sign of solidarity. According to the letter signed by Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, the ministry hopes that a puppy - named Dobrynya - will take a place of French service dog 'Diesel' which died in a special operation held in Paris on November 18. (AP Photo/Russian Interior Ministry Press Service)
This is an undated photo provided by the Russian Interior Ministry of a puppy, named Dobrynya. Russian Interior Ministry said Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 that it will send a puppy to their French counterparts as a sign of solidarity. According to the letter signed by Russia's Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, the ministry hopes that a puppy - named Dobrynya - will take the place of French service dog 'Diesel' which died in a special operation held in Paris on November 18. (AP Photo/Russian Interior Ministry Press Service)
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police have handed over a puppy to the French ambassador in Moscow to replace a French police dog killed in a raid, a show of solidarity with France in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

Diesel, the 7-year-old Belgian shepherd killed in a French police raid targeting the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks in November, has been honored all over the world.

On Monday, Russia's Interior Ministry gave the German shepherd puppy named Dobrynya after a Russian fairy-tale knight to French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert.

Ripert praised the gift as "a gesture that comes from the heart," adding that "it shows the relations between Russia and France quite well."

Russia Offers Puppy to France After Death of Police Dog

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