Russia gives France puppy to replace police dog killed in aftermath of Paris attacks

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A Russian police officer holds a German shepherd puppy named Dobrynya during a ceremony at the French embassy in Moscow on December 7, 2015. Russia on December 7 handed over a German shepherd puppy named Dobrynya to France in a gesture of solidarity after a police dog named Diesel was killed during a raid on jihadists linked to the Paris attacks in Saint-Denis, suburban Paris, on November 18. (Photo: YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

MOSCOW (Dec. 7, 2015)– 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.”