Moscow, SANA- Upon an invitation from the Russian “Brothers in Arms” society, a delegation consisting of children of Syrian martyrs began on Tuesday a visit to Russia.
The delegation was received at the airport by Syria’s Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad, and were later received by Igor Krassavine, Mayor of Elektrogorsk town, who held a reception ceremony for the delegation and gave a speech in which he noted that the delegations’ visit coincides with celebrations on occasion of the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazism.
During the reception in Elektrogorsk, which included several speeches, Pastor of the All Saints Church in Russia, Father Alexander, presented the delegation with a Russian icon as a gift for the church of Ma’aloula, praying for the war to end and for peace to prevail in Syria.
After the ceremony, the martyrs’ children and the participants in the ceremony exchanged gifts, and then signed a letter of peace for future generations which was placed in a capsule set in a memorial in one of the city’s parks.
The delegation members also planted flowers in the town’s square, and laid flowers at the memorials of the Soviet’s soldiers who sacrificed their lives to defend their homeland during World War II.
A source at the Russian Defense Ministry said the delegation will visit the Preobrazhensky Regiment, where the regiment’s soldiers will perform military displays, and afterwards the children will visit the regiment’s hall of war banners and the museum which features displays showcasing the history of the Russian army since it was formed by Tsar Peter I.
The source added that after the children are done visiting tourist landmarks in Moscow, they will head to Crimea and spend two weeks of leisure time in a camp there.
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