Ceremony at the Novodevichy Cemetery honours Soviet specialists who died on a humanitarian mission to help the Republic of Peru

On July 18, 2018, an annual flower laying ceremony was held at Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery to honour the Soviet pilots and doctors killed in the 1970 Antonov An-22 air crash over the Atlantic.

The Soviet specialists were on a mission to provide humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit the cities of Huaraz and Yungay in Central Peru.

Speaking at the event, Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Latin America Alexander Shchetinin and Peruvian Ambassador to Russia Luis Benjamin Chimoy Arteaga noted that the ceremony was an important confirmation of the bonds of friendship and solidarity that exist between the peoples of the two countries.

The Russian people highly value the fact that the memory of the Soviet people who sacrificed their lives to help save Peruvians is kept alive in Peru, including at the official level.

(Source: MOFA Russia)