H.E. Mr. Gleb A.Ivashentsov,
the reception on the occasion
the Fatherland Defender Day
(Seoul, February 22, 2007)
I am glad to welcome
you at the reception on the occasion of the Fatherland Defender Day. This is a
special day for the Armed Forces of Russia. And it is a special day for the
whole people of Russia
too as our Armed Forces are unseparable from our people. Every Russian, even if
he is of the most civilian trade, viz, a worker of a farmer, a scientist or a
diplomat, views himself a defender of the Fatherland. The Fatherland is the
most sacred of whatever a Russian possesses.
The Armed Forces of
Russia have a glorious past. They have been always performing their duty of
defending the Fatherland with merit. Those who came to Russia with
sword inevitably perished from the Russian sword. It was in Russia that the
army of Napoleon and the army of Hitler got their backbones broken.
Today the Armed
Forces of Russia employ the most modern weapons. But Russia neither threatens anyone
with nuclear and missile strikes nor sends her soldiers overseas to bully
anyone. We are prepared to interact with all states to protect the world from
international terrorism and other challenges.
The relations of Russia with the Republic Of Korea
are steadily reaching the level of trustful comprehensive partnership.
Military-cum-technological cooperation and active contacts between defense
agencies constitute an integral part of that partnership. That cooperation and
those contacts are not directed against any third country. They are aimed at
promoting peace and security in the Northeast Asia
My greetings to you
on the Fatherland Defender Day!
To the Armed Forces
of the Russian Federation!
To the cooperation
between Russia and the Republic of Korea!