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Putin to address Russian senior diplomats Thursday

June 30, 2016, 6:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW
In February 2016 Putin announced the tasks set before the Russian diplomats in his congratulatory message on Day of Diplomats
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MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the eighth meeting of Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives abroad on Thursday.

"During the event key attention will be drawn to Russia’s stronger role in the international arena and promotion of its national interests amid tougher global competition," the Kremlin press service said in a statement.

"Among top priorities the Russian diplomacy is facing now are development of mutually beneficial cooperation with foreign partners, higher effectiveness of integration processes within the Eurasian space, protection of compatriots’ rights abroad and counteraction to the spread of extremist ideology and international terrorism,’ the Kremlin said.

In compliance with accustomed tradition, meetings of ambassadors and envoys are held every two years, with this one being the eighth. Russian governmental officials, lawmakers from both parliamentary houses, diplomats, scientists, experts and business people are invited to attend the event.

In February 2016 Putin announced the tasks set before the Russian diplomats in his congratulatory message on Day of Diplomats.

"Relying on achieved results, it is important to continue actively defending such fundamental principles of international relations as equality and mutual respect, political and diplomatic resolution of conflicts and crises, collective search for solutions to regional and global problems," Putin wrote in a congratulatory telegram to Russian diplomats published on the official Kremlin website.

"Issues of forming a broad anti-terror front on firm legal basis under UN auspices require special attention," the president noted. "Tasks of boosting mutually beneficial cooperation with our foreign partners in all spheres - both in bilateral and multilateral formats - also remain relevant," Putin added.

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