Mr Medvedev said, in particular, in his message:
“On this day of the twentieth anniversary of the earthquake in Armenia we bow our heads in memory of the thousands of victims this natural disaster caused. It is with great respect and gratitude that we remember the courage of the rescue workers, who answered the call for help, and the labour of those who rebuilt normal life in the disaster zone.
This great tragedy left no one indifferent. The sincere feelings of all those who came to help Armenia remains a shining example of solidarity and effective interethnic and international cooperation in natural disaster relief efforts.
Russia came immediately to Armenia’s aid at this difficult hour and made its contribution to the rescue operations and reconstruction work. We are grateful that the Armenian people lovingly preserve the memory of this solidarity.”