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Greetings to current and former Russian Foreign Ministry staff on Diplomats’ Day

February 10, 2018

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to current and former staff of the Russian Foreign Ministry on their professional holiday, Diplomats’ Day.

The message reads, in part:

“The centuries-long history of Russian diplomacy counts many splendid victories and glorious names. Today, guided by the good traditions of the past, the Foreign Ministry’s employees show their worth in defending our national interests.

The international situation is quite complicated, however, regardless of apparent hurdles, you do much to ensure favourable foreign-policy conditions for the sustainable socioeconomic development of Russia and actively protect the rights of Russian citizens and compatriots abroad.

The central office and diplomatic missions of the Foreign Ministry are facing fairly large-scale tasks connected with building truly equal and mutually beneficial cooperation with all foreign partners. Still among the priorities are upholding the UN’s key role in world affairs, consolidating the world community in the fight against the terrorist threat, and strengthening the foundations of strategic stability and the WMD non-proliferation regime.

Against the background of the defeat of the bulk of terrorists in Syria, the peace process has made significant progress, which was confirmed by the outcome of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. Of course, much will have to be done to resolve the Syrian crisis, as well as a number of other regional conflicts.

It is very important to ensure further progress in mutually beneficial integration processes within the Eurasian Economic Union and to assist in increasing the efficiency of the multilateral cooperation structures established at the initiative of our country – BRICS, the SCO and the CSTO.

I hope that Russian diplomats will continue to work with creativity and dedication. Your success undoubtedly relies on Russian society’s broad support for the foreign policy course.”

February 10, 2018