by H.E. Mr. Gleb
Ambassador of Russia
at the reception on the
of the Fatherland Defender’s
(Seoul, February 22, 2008)
Ladies and Gentlemen!
the Armed Forces Day is called the Fatherland Defender's Day. As the Russian
military have a single task which is to defend Fatherland. We do not want the
lands of others and we are not going to impose our rules on anyone.
The warriors of Russia
have reasons to be proud of. Not many of those who dared to come to Russia with
sword were lucky enough to come back to their homes.
Earlier than many, Russia
managed to comprehend the lessons of the “cold war” and to make common sense, not
ideology, the focal point of her foreign policy. The problem however lies on the
fact that the instincts and prejudices of the epoch of ideological
confrontation are still not extinct in certain quarters.
One-sided approaches, double standards, and forceful methods are these
days being used more and more often in international affairs. That is why we
need forces and weapons to duly protect our interests like it is done by our
partners. Military might is surely included.
does not intend to get involved in an arms race or in a confrontation with
anyone. We are in favour of an open and frank discussion of existing problems.
We view that as the best way to settle conflict situations and to remove
challenges and threats to international stability and security.
and the Republic
of Korea are close
neighbours and active partners. Military technological cooperation and contacts
between the Armed Forces of two our states constitute an integral component of
our partnership which is aimed at peace and security in Northeast
Asia and beyond.
To the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation!
To the cooperation between Russia and the Republic of Korea!