13:30 | April 24,2015 | Politics

Russia President Vladimir Putin today said at the Armenian Genocide
Memorial on Tsisternakaberd hilltop in Yerevan that Russia sympathizes
with the Armenian people who suffered one of the most terrible chapters
in the history of the twentieth century.

"Cultural monuments, books and manuscripts were destroyed. The
incident shocked the entire world. Russia perceived the suffering
of the Armenian people as its own pain. Millions of refugees found
shelter in Russia. Today we are mourning together with the Armenian
people. Over 2000 commemorative events, involving not only members
of the local Armenian community, but also representatives of other
nations, are scheduled to be held in hundreds of cities of the Russian
Federation on April 24," he said.

The Russian president stressed that the genocide cannot be justified.

"We should look into the future with optimism and demonstrate
kindness. We should respect each other and each other's interests.

Only in that case shall we be able to make the world a better place.

We are with you, dear friends!"

From: Baghdasarian