Pilgrims from Armenia visited the Amaras Monastery in Nagorno-Karabakh with the assistance of Russian peacekeepers
The servicemen of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh provided a safe visit to the Amaras Monastery to about 100 pilgrims who came from Armenia.
The shrine, located near the line of demarcation of the parties in the Martutni district, is visited by pilgrims from both Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and other countries.
"We came from Armenia, we really wanted to come, but there were problems with fear and the opportunity to come, but thanks to the peacekeepers that we were able to come here safely. The peacekeepers treat us very respectfully, thank you. We calmly drove all the way, it was just morally difficult for us, but we see that peacekeepers are fulfilling their tasks and we are calm about it. They are very generous and even asked about our well-being in Armenian. Thank them for this, " said the pilgrim Gayane Mkhitaryan.
Peacemakers ensure the safety of pilgrims while traveling and visiting the Amaras monastery complex and during church services.
"Russian peacekeepers are ensuring the safety of pilgrims who have arrived at the Amaras monastery complex. This shrine is located near the demarcation line, so the presence of peacekeepers is necessary," said Alexander Korolev, a representative of the Russian peacekeeping contingent.
As part of the implementation of the trilateral statement of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia of November 9, 2020, Russian peacekeepers continue to assist in restoring peaceful life in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Amaras is one of the early medieval Christian monasteries and is located on the territory of the Martuni district. In medieval Armenia, it had the status of a well-known religious and cultural center.
As a result of the signing of the ceasefire agreement, after the end of hostilities, the early medieval monastery of Amaras was in close proximity to the line of demarcation of the parties. The servicemen of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh regularly ensure the safety of pilgrims wishing to visit this shrine.
In accordance with the agreements specified in the joint statement of the President of the Russian Federation, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, a complete cease-fire and all military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh were declared from 00: 00 Moscow time on November 10 this year.
A peacekeeping contingent of the Russian Federation has been deployed to monitor the ceasefire and military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh.