By Steve Rosenberg
BBC News, Moscow

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image captionRussia's peace deal brought an end to war over Karabakh but there are signs of its influence waning

In the village of Dadivank, nestling in the Caucasus mountains, is an 800-year-old monastery. And parked outside is the Russian army.

The abbot, Armenian priest Father Hovhannes, greets the troops. "Thank you for being here," he smiles.

"We have orders to prevent this ancient place from being destroyed," says a Russian soldier, one of 2,000 peacekeepers Moscow has deployed in and around the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

"Traditionally it's Russia that has guaranteed stability in this region," the soldier tells me.

Dadivank is in Kalbajar district: one of several areas Armenia has now returned to Azerbaijan under the ceasefire agreement brokered by the Kremlin.