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MOSCOW, May 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday congratulated new ambassadors from 13 countries on the official start of their work in Russia and accepted their credentials.
The ceremony traditionally took place in the Alexandrovsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace.
"You are in for serious work to develop relations between countries you represent and Russia," Putin addressed the guests. "We want your activity to be effective and serve further promotion of political dialogue and the raising of the level of trade-economic, investment and humanitarian contacts."
"You can rest assured that the Russian leadership, our ministries, departments, public-political and business circles will provide all required assistance to you," he underscored.
Credentials - symbolic messages from the heads of their states - were presented to the Russian president on Thursday by the new heads of diplomatic missions of Austria - Emil Brix, Albania - Arben Gazioni, Lithuania - Remigijus Motuzas, Macedonia - Goce Karajanov, Monaco - Mireille Pettiti, Saudi Arabia - Abdulrahman Al-Rassi, Senegal - Mamadou Deme, Slovakia - Peter Priputen.
The ceremony also involved Carlos Deymek Sorreta (the Philippines), Julio Cesar Prado Espinosa (Ecuador), Grum Abay Teshome (Ethiopia), Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusi (Republic of South Africa), and Telar Ring Deng (Republic of South Sudan).
After presentation of the credentials to the Russian head of state, the activity of the newly arrived foreign ambassadors and permanent representatives of international organizations in Russia acquires an official status.
Putin invited diplomats to drink a glass of champagne to celebrate the start of their work in Moscow. Those who do not drink alcohol are offered juice.