Putin: Russian diplomats uphold national interests

MOSCOW, February 8. /TASS./ Russian diplomats uphold national interests and actively defend the rights of its citizens and compatriots abroad. This is stated in the welcome message of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to the staff and veterans of the Russian foreign Ministry on the occasion of diplomatic worker’s Day, which on Thursday held a solemn meeting was announced by the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.

“In the long history of Russian diplomacy, a lot of brilliant victories and glorious name, which is rightly proud of the country, and today, based on good traditions of the past, the staff of the Ministry of foreign Affairs to adequately defend the national interests, – said the head of state. The international situation is very difficult, but despite the obvious difficulties, you are doing a lot to ensure favourable conditions for sustainable socio-economic development of Russia, actively defend the rights of Russian citizens and compatriots abroad”.

The President drew attention to the fact that “in front of the Central apparatus and diplomatic missions of the MFA are very ambitious goals related to the development of a truly equitable and mutually beneficial cooperation with all foreign partners”. “Still among the priorities – protecting the key role of the UN in world Affairs, the consolidation of the international community in combating the threat of terrorism, the strengthening of the foundations of strategic stability and non-proliferation regimes of weapons of mass destruction”, – stated in the message.

“Against the background of the defeat of the main forces of terrorists in Syria could significantly advance the peace process, which was confirmed by the results of the talks in Sochi Congress of the Syrian national dialogue, – it is spoken further. – Of course, there is still a lot of work on unblocking the Syrian crisis and other regional conflicts”.

According to Putin, it is very important to provide “further development of mutually beneficial integration processes within the Eurasian economic Union, as well as contribute to improving the efficiency of structures of multilateral cooperation, created at the initiative of the role of our countries – the BRICS, SCO, CSTO. “I hope that Russian diplomats will continue to work creatively with commitment, the President stressed. – The key to your success is provided to the foreign policy of broad support from Russian society.”