Yerevan, November 20, Interfax - Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians, the supreme head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, has forwarded a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin to thank him for measures taken to preserve the Armenian people's heritage in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the governing body of the Armenian Apostolic Church, said.
"We would like to express our deep gratitude for your efforts toward preserving the Armenian people's historic heritage, such as historic monasteries, churches, and cultural monuments located in the territories handed over to Azerbaijan," it said.
In particular, Catholicos Karekin said that, owing to the deployment of Russian peacekeepers, religious services at the Dadivank Monastery have been secured.
"Our people will always remember Russia's important role in putting an end to the bloodshed in Artsakh [the Armenian name for Nagorno-Karabakh]. We will pray for the inviolability of centuries-long Armenian-Russian friendship," he said.
As was reported on November 16, Putin insisted in a telephone call with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan that it was important to preserve the normal functioning of the Christian churches and shrines in Nagorno-Karabakh.