MOSCOW, November 4 (Itar-Tass) —— Weakened institute of national state sovereignty might pose a threat to general security, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday.
“Equal dialogue between sovereign states on the basis of international law is a key factor of global stability,” Putin said at a reception in the Kremlin on the occasion of Russia’s National Unity Day.
Although the National Unity Day is Russia’s youngest national holiday, it is rooted deep in the history of the country, in the events of paramount importance for the country’s development, he stressed. Four hundred years ago, the Russian people united to drive the enemies away from the country and put an end to the time of trouble.
“Otherwise, the nation might have been deprived of any historic perspective,” the president said. “People pooled their efforts in the name of their motherland. They rose above class, national, religious and other differences. The people liberated Moscow and the entire country from invaders and from those who was selling and betraying Russia, and later established strong and legitimate authorities.”
Russia has gone though many historic trials, but “unity based on the love to the home land and responsibility to its future has always triumphed,” Putin stressed and urged to spare no effort to keep the link of times inseverable.
After the presidential congratulatory address, Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky handed over state awards. Oleg Krivosheya, the chairman of the boards of the international public organization Christianization of Russia Day, Anatoly Novikov, the artistic director of the Crimean Russian Theatre of Drama (Ukraine), John Neumeier, the artistic director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet, Marjan Eberlintz, the director general of Plynovody Co. (Slovenia), were awarded the Order of Friendship. Florina Mohanu, the director of the Bucharest Economic Academy and the director of the Russian Centre of the Russian World Fund (Romania), Yasuko Tanaka of the Osaka University (Japan), and Veliana Christova, the head of department of the Duma newspaper (Bulgaria) were awarded the Pushkin Medal.