Eastern Europe

Russian envoy confident in preservation of Christian shrines in Karabakh

12:04, 01 December 2020
Russian envoy confident in preservation of Christian shrines in Karabakh Photo: Adrien Vautier/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

Azerbaijan will ensure the safety of Christian shrines in the Nagorno Karabakh region, Russian Ambassador to Baku Mikhail Bocharnikov said, TASS reports.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has repeatedly spoken on this issue. On November 25, in a televised address to the nation on the occasion of the liberation of the Kalbajar district, Ilham Aliyev again emphasized that Christian monuments are the historical and cultural heritage of Azerbaijan, which is under its state protection, Bocharnikov said.

The diplomat reminded that Ilham Aliyev personally gave guarantees of Christian shrines’ safety and functioning in the Nagorno Karabakh region to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The ambassador doesn’t doubt these assurances’ veracity since, according to his words, Azerbaijan is a multinational and multi-confessional state.

The rights and freedoms of representatives of different nations and followers of different religions are equally respected in Azerbaijan, Bocharnikov noted.

On November 10, Vladimir Putin, Ilham Aliyev, and Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on the complete cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to the document, several regions come under Baku’s control; the parties are exchanging prisoners, and Russia deploys its peacekeepers along the line of contact and the Lachin corridor connecting Karabakh with Armenia.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that Major General Igor Konashenkov, an official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, said the peacekeepers and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross continue their activities in the region.