YEREVAN (Yerkir/Armenpress)–Relatives of those killed in the crash of an Armavia Airline arrived in Sochi–on the Black Sea Coast of Russia–Tuesday to mourn the deaths of their loved ones and attend a ceremony marking the 40th day after the tragic event.
Armenian Ambassador to Russia Armen Smbatian also took part in the ceremony–saying that a stone–which will become part of a planned monument to the crash victims–will be laid.
Members of the Armenian Consulate and administration of the Krasnodar region also attended the events.
The victims’ families also attended a requiem service in the St. Gevorg Church in Tbilisi–Georgia–on their way to Sochi.
In Tbilisi–they were met by the members of Georgian Parliament–Armenian Ambassador to Georgia Hrach Silvanian–and representatives of the local Armenian community who expressed their condolences.
Saying that Georgians grieved together with Armenia’s the Ambassador noted that "At this difficult moment we understand what means real friendship."
An A-320 airplane belonging to Armenian company Armavia crashed into the Black Sea on May 3 killing all 113 passengers aboard.