By Kostas Onisenko
The announcement of the Armenian Apostolic Church raised numerous questions, in which the primate of the Church thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his contribution to the protection of Armenian churches in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
At the same time, many analysts say that Russia did not contribute as much as it could to help Armenia in the recent war in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Therefore, the announcement of the Armenian Church provoked negative reactions from the Armenians, mainly on social media.
According to the statement, “His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, addressed a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing gratitude for the measures taken to preserve the historical heritage of the Armenian people.”
Catholicos Karekin II thanked the Russian president, saying: “We would like to express our deep gratitude to you personally for the measures taken to preserve the historical heritage of the Armenians, ancient monasteries, churches and monuments, in the areas transferred to Azerbaijan.”
In the statement, it is mentioned, among other things, that due to the entry of Russian peacekeeping forces in the area, it became possible to preserve the operation of the famous Dadivank Armenian Monastery.
“Our people will always remember Russia’s important role in stopping the bloodshed in the land of Artsakh (editor’s note: Armenian name for Nagorno-Karabakh) and will pray for the stability of the Armenian-Russian friendship that has lasted for many centuries.”