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MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated the staff and veterans of the Russian Foreign Ministry on their professional holiday, Diplomatic Workers’ Day. He noted that much work lies ahead to resolve conflicts across the globe and near Russia’s borders. Putin’s message of congratulations was posted on the Kremlin website on Friday.
The Russian president noted that, continuing Russia’s multi-vector policy, it is necessary to push ahead with vigorous efforts in all areas to promote peace, stability and security. "There is still much work ahead to achieve fair settlement in the numerous conflicts taking place near our borders and in other parts of the world," the message reads. Putin stressed that 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," he added.
"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 honor," the president noted.
"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."
Putin voiced confidence that the ministry’s staff members will continue "working with complete dedication, resolve the tasks ahead effectively" and do their utmost to protect the interests of Russia and its people. He also expressed particular gratitude to diplomats’ families saying that "support of their loved ones is particularly important, especially to those working on the ‘frontlines’, far from Russia."