MOSCOW, June 24. / TASS /. Russia has been implementing a noble civilizational mission throughout its history, helping in different years to protect the European countries and the US’ independence and liberate the peoples of Asia and Africa, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev stated on Thursday at the Moscow Conference on International Security.
"Over the centuries of its history, Russia has been realizing a noble civilizational mission. Along with a major contribution to Europe’s liberation from Nazism, our country played an essential role in the liberation of Asia and Africa’s people from colonial rule," Patrushev said.
The Security Council’s chief stressed that Russia had always responded to the requests of its friends and partners and "dozens of times had provided selfless assistance to sovereign countries in their efforts to preserve independence".
"In 1863, the Russian Empire helped the US defend its territorial integrity by sending two squadrons to the American shores at its request. At least three times we came to the aid of the French in their struggle for statehood. It is difficult to find a country in Europe that, in one way or another, did not receive assistance from Russia in protecting its sovereignty," Patrushev stated, noting that there were many such countries in all other regions across the world.
Therefore, Patrushev went on to say, the desire for a fair and democratic world order in which the voice of all sovereign parties, without exception, will be heard regardless of their place on the world stage" is a traditional feature of Russian policy, which remains unchanged for many decades and even centuries". "This was the case during the Russian Empire and the Soviet time as well as at the present time," Patrushev concluded.