Tourism opens the unknown pages of Armenian history to Russians

Hasmik Dilanyan

The first Christian state of the world

Russian Ambassador to Armenia Vyacheslav Kovalenko says the first tourism campaign held in Armenia from September 30 to October 9 was a success. During the past ten days students of the Tourism Academies of Armenia and Russia visited different places of interests in Armenia to familiarize with the historical-cultural values of our country.

According to the Ambassador, the friendly ties between the Armenian and Russian peoples have centuries-old history. “Armenia has much to show to the world. At last, Armenia was the first to adopt Christianity as state religion,” he added.

“This tourism campaign was the best way to communicate with the Armenian nation. It allowed us to get to know each other and opened the unknown pages of the Armenian history to the Russian people. We learnt much about Christianity during this campaign,” the Ambassador noted.

Rector of the Russian Tourism Academy Igor Zorin noted that “the world knows little about the historical-cultural heritage of Armenia.” “Every visitor should know that Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity,” he added.

The aspects of bilateral cooperation

The Armenian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission will convene its regular sitting in Yerevan on October 12. The meeting will be co-chaired by Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov.

According to Russian Ambassador Vyacheslav Kovalenko, the Commission will discuss the most urgent issues of bilateral cooperation ranging from economic and military-technical to cultural cooperation.

“The Armenian-Russian relations are on a high level in all aspects,” the Ambassador said.

The second Armenian-Russian inter-regional forum will also be held in Yerevan. Sixteen delegations from Russian regions have applied for participation in the event. All guests will visit the marzes of Armenia to discuss the opportunities of expansion of trade-economic ties on the spot.

Besides, Yerevan will host “5 days of Russian speech,” which will bring together different Russian-speaking specialists to discuss issues of educational, methodological and cultural cooperation.

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