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MOSCOW, September 26 (Itar-Tass) - Russian authorities give top priority to the problems of preserving the identity and originality of small peoples, consolidation of inter-ethnic accord and harmony, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his message of greetings to the delegates and guests of the 5th congress of Finno-Ugric peoples on Thursday. Putin’s message of greetings was posted at the Kremlin official website.
“I note that we give top priority to the problem of preserving the identity and originality of each people and the consolidation of inter-ethnic accord and harmony. Therefore, the programs for the support of national languages, schools, cultural and educational centers will be developed compulsorily, large-scale educational, inter-regional and international projects will be implemented,” the president pledged.
“I am convinced that authorities, public organizations, scientific and expert circles should pool efforts in this serious and needed work. I hope for your most active participation in it,” Putin said in the message of greetings to the delegates and guests of the congress, which opened in Saransk, the capital of the Republic of Mordovia in central Russia.
Putin noted tangible contribution of Finno-Ugric peoples in the development and strengthening of Russian statehood, development of domestic science, education and arts. “Their unique customs and traditions are our common heritage, integral part of cultural and ethnical diversity, which was strong in Russia for many centuries,” Putin said.
In the view of the president, the forum invariably raises important, topical issues, which are of concern for a big family of Finno-Ugric peoples and promotes consolidation of people over common goals and tasks.