MOSCOW, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- A chartered flight carrying the body of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, who was assassinated Monday in Ankara, landed in Moscow Tuesday night.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu came to the Vnukovo airport to pay tribute to the late ambassador and met with Andrey Karlov's widow and his mother, who were taken back from Ankara.

A unit of the 154th Preobrazhensky Regiment Preobrazhensky with the Russian Armed Forces proceeded with the coffin, which was covered with the Russian national flag.

Karlov was shot dead by an off-duty Turkish policeman when attending an art gallery in Ankara late Monday, which Moscow has described as a terrorist act.