On September 16, a postal block dedicated to the Samara Luka National Park was put into postal circulation in the Natural Heritage of Russia series in the framework of the joint issue of the RF and the Republic of Azerbaijan

The diplomatic relations between Russia and Azerbaijan were established on April 4, 1992. The fundamental document forming the legal and contractual basis of bilateral relations is the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Security between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Azerbaijan (signed on July 3, 1997).

The provisions of the Treaty were further developed in the Declaration on Friendship and Strategic Partnership between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Azerbaijan (signed on July 3, 2008). More than 150 international legal acts were signed between the countries.

Azerbaijan is an important strategic partner of Russia. The principles of equality and good neighborliness, centuries-old traditions of friendship and mutual respect make the foundations of relations between the two countries. The development of interaction between the countries objectively contributes to strengthening the stability and security in the South Caucasus and the Caspian region.

The subject of the joint issue is national nature parks.

The postage stamp of the Republic of Azerbaijan features the Shirvan National Park.

The postal block of Russia provides images of the Samara Luka National Park, a fox as a symbol of the Park and a white-tailed eagle.

The Samara Luka is a unique area formed by a bend of the Volga River in its middle stream and the Usinsk Creek of the Kuibyshev storage lake. In 1984, National Park Samara Luka of about 131.9 hectares in area was established on this territory. It is distinguished by peculiar microclimate, specific landforms, amazing beauty of mountains, unique flora and fauna; it has a rich history and is of great scientific, nature-oriented and recreational significance. Presently, it is inhabited by a great variety of species of animals, some of them being registered in the Red Book of the Russian Federation; there are more than a thousand species of plants. The park is home to nearly 200 natural, historical and archaeological monuments, such as Molodetsky mound, Devya mountain, Visly stone, Mount Camel, Stepan Razin cave, and Murom town.

In addition to the issue of the postal block, JSC Marka produced First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow, Penza, Samara and Togliatti of the Samara Region, as well as an illustrated envelope with the postal block, a label and a First Day Cover with a cancel for Togliatti of the Samara Region inside.

Design Artist: O. Savina.
Face value: 150 rubles.
Block size: 123×98 mm, stamp size in the block: 50×37 mm
Quantity: 25 thousand blocks.

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