2020-11-16 17:34:00

Free visits may be arranged for believers to ancient Christian monastery in northern Karabakh - Russian military

Moscow, November 16, Interfax - Russian peacekeepers have placed an observation post near an ancient monastery in northern Nagorno-Karabakh, and arranging free visits to the shrine for believers is being discussed, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

"The command of the peacekeeping contingent has organized interaction with local authorities in an effort to resolve the issues of communities of religious denominations. At the request of local residents, Russian peacekeepers have placed an observation post near an active monastery, Dadivank, an ancient Christian monument in the Kalbajar District. Through the mediation of Russian peacekeeping forces, free visits to the monastery for believers are being considered," Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said.

As reported earlier, the church's relics have been transported from Dadivank to Armenia. The Dadivank monastery was built between the 9th and 13th centuries.

In accordance with the trilateral agreement reached by the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan, along with the prime minister of Armenia, the Kalbajar District is being transferred to Azerbaijan.