MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
Speech by Mikhail Mishustin:
Speech at an official dinner hosted by the President of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou
Entry in the book of honored guests
With President of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Pavlos Kotsonis during an official photo session at the Presidential Palace in Athens
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Dear Madam President! Dear Mr. Prime Minister! Ladies and Gentlemen!
First of all, I would like to thank my Greek friends from the bottom of my heart for the hospitality and warm welcome in Athens.
This year we are celebrating a significant event – 200 years since the beginning of the struggle of the Greek people for independence. She brought the long-awaited freedom from the Ottoman Empire. And Russia has made a significant contribution to this.
We helped each other at other turning points in history. Russian sailors took part in an international peacekeeping mission in Crete. Our soldiers and officers fought on the Macedonian front in the First World War. And during the Second World War – shoulder to shoulder with the Greek partisans fought against the Nazi invaders.
Relations between Russia and Greece are much older. They have developed over the centuries and have their roots in the era of the Byzantine Empire.
Our peoples are linked by common history, cultural and spiritual values. And of course, deep mutual sympathy. The upcoming cross-Russian-Greek Year of History will allow residents of both states to get to know each other even better.
We sincerely value the traditions of friendship and mutual understanding that have developed between Russia and Greece. They have become a solid foundation for cooperation in various fields – from transport and energy to agriculture and high technologies.
Of course, one cannot but remember that Greek resorts are loved by Russian tourists.
Of course, the situation with the coronavirus has made adjustments to the joint agenda. I believe that Russia and Greece must do everything necessary to expand practical cooperation. Deepen cooperation, implement new promising projects that will benefit the people of our countries. To develop constructive interaction between Russia and the European Union – on the basis of equality and mutual consideration of interests. I believe that we have all the possibilities for this.
Once again, please accept my heartfelt, warmest congratulations on the national holiday of the Hellenic Republic – Independence Day. Prosperity of Greece, health and happiness of its friendly people.
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