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21.02.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's welcoming words at the reception to honour the Russian Armed Forces

Excellences,  Ladies and gentlemen,

We have gathered today to honour the Russian Armed Forces.

Our Army has seen many glorious victories. Those who liberated Europe and all humanity from fascism on the battlefields of the World War II are still among us. After that terrible war, 75 years ago, the leaders of the USSR, United Kingdom and United States agreed to create the United Nations Organisation designed to prevent such devastating tragedies.

Russia believes that new threats and challenges of the 21st century require collective solutions. One of the most urgent problems is the spread of international terrorism, which makes no secret of its intention to destroy our shared values. Russian troops have made a decisive contribution to the defeat of terrorist groups in Syria, putting an end to their attempts to create the so-called “Islamic caliphate”.

 

Syria is not the only place where our military is actively working to restore peace. There is a lot to be done to normalise the situation on the ground. And for this purpose Russian diplomats and the military will continue to join their efforts.

Unfortunately, over the last years some states which are expected to defend peace and security, try to undermine the existing system of international relations, being driven by the rivalry mindset, getting us back to confrontation era. They are accelerating modernisation of their armed forces as well as pushing forward militarisation of outer space and use of cyberspace for military purposes. NATO military contingents, including the British forces, are being concentrated along Russian borders. NATO military build-up in the Arctic is also under way. These are disturbing trends, although I am sure our army is ready to address those or any other threats and challenges.

We cannot leave these unanswered. Modernization of Russian military forces continues to be out essential priority. But we do not aim at military domination or devastating arms race. We need reasonable defence potential that is capable to confront possible military aggression. Having said that, we believe the modern world requires a more considered, even gentle approach. Political and military disproportions, growing tensions and spreading regional conflicts at the time when traditional arms control system is being eroded may well lead to catastrophic consequences. It is with this thought in mind that President Putin has made a proposal to organize a meeting of the global leaders where a crucial, honest discussion on strategic balance and arms control issues could be launched.

Russian diplomatic service will continue to protect the country’s interests and to defend international peace and security enjoying the support of the great Army.

Congratulations!




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