Vladimir Putin congratulated current and former Foreign Ministry personnel on their professional holiday, Diplomatic Worker’s Day.
The President said, in particular, in his message:
“Russia’s diplomacy has a long and glorious history and our diplomats have always remained true to their professional duties and served the homeland with honour.
Today, you are worthy successors to your predecessors’ traditions. You play an active part in setting the international agenda, pursue dialogue with partners abroad, and work on solutions to current regional and global issues, basing your action on the UN Charter and the principles of equality and mutual respect.
Russia’s diplomatic service can be deservedly proud of its achievements. But the challenges our country faces are as great as ever. Without question, you should focus your attention on the fight against terrorism and extremism. These threats can be eradicated only if all countries join forces.
Continuing our multi-vector foreign policy, you should pursue your energetic efforts in all areas and help to strengthen peace, stability and security. There is still much work ahead to achieve fair settlements in the numerous conflicts taking place near our borders and in other parts of the world.
I am sure that you will continue working with complete dedication, resolve the tasks ahead effectively, and do all you can to protect the interests of Russia and its people.
I want to express my particular gratitude to the diplomats’ families, for the support of their loved ones is particularly important, especially to those working on the ‘frontlines’, far from Russia.”
February 10, 2017