Paris Terror Attacks

Russia Offers France New Puppy in Solidarity After Police Dog Killed in Raid

Russia's interior minister said he will send a German shepherd puppy to the French police to honor a police dog killed in action and express solidarity with France in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

A puppy named Dobrynya in Moscow. Russia has offered to send an Alsatian puppy to France in a gesture of solidarity after police dog named Diesel was killed during a raid on jihadists linked to the Paris attacks in Saint-Denis, suburban Paris, on November 18, 2015. RUSSIA'S INTERIOR MINISTRY via AFP

France's National Police said a 7-year-old Belgian shepherd named Diesel was "killed by terrorists" on Wednesday during a raid in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.

Gen. Vladimir Kolokoltsevs said in a statement late on Friday that along with his condolences over the deadly attacks he will send to his French counterpart a puppy so that it "could replace Diesel."

"Assault dogs and explosive-sniffing dog: indispensable in RAID missions," French police said in a post on Twitter after announcing Diesel's death.

Kolokoltsev said the puppy was named Dobrynya after a Russian fairy-tale knight who "symbolizes strength, goodness, valor and unconditional support."