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President Vladimir Putin's Address on Heroes of Fatherland Day

Citizens of Russia, friends,

I would like to congratulate you on Heroes of the Fatherland Day.

This day is inseparably linked to the history of our country. It celebrates the heroism of our forefathers and contemporaries, all those whose actions, deeds and life itself were an example of selfless service to the nation.

The heroism of these truly great citizens of our Fatherland, their valour and courage reflect the will and character of our people. Throughout our history, this character has always helped us to stand up against the toughest challenges, to strengthen the independence of our state and to effectively repel any attempts to encroach on our territory.

The defenders of the Fatherland, our soldiers and officers showed exceptional courage even in the face of the biggest and most merciless threats. They did so during the 1812 battles and during the First World War. In the years of the Great Patriotic War, sweeping, nationwide heroism became an insurmountable obstacle to the enemy. That heroism overturned and destroyed the invaders’ plans and the illusion that our country can be conquered.

The Soviet people demonstrated unprecedented courage, unity and strong will. We bow to the memory of those who stopped the enemy and routed him in battles near Moscow 80 years ago, in December 1941. We bow to those who brought about the Great Victory and selflessly defended our homeland without regard for their own lives. Every one of them is a hero.

Of course, today we also pay tribute to our contemporaries, those who have been awarded high state decorations – the titles of Hero of the Russian Federation and of the Soviet Union, the Order of Glory and St George’s Cross – for their outstanding service.

We are proud of those who have increased and continue to increase the strength and power of our country through their selfless devotion and who save lives regardless of personal risk. Our special gratitude goes to our medical personnel and other professionals, all those who are keeping alive the glorious traditions of courage, commitment to duty and selflessness.

It is extremely important that young people can see and are aware of this continuity, and that love for our country, our native land and our people becomes a reliable and solid foundation in their lives.

People of diverse ethnic backgrounds, religions, views and beliefs live in Russia, but all of them are united in their respect for the Heroes of the Fatherland and their heroism, boosting our strength and energy, our desire to keep moving forward and our unity. I firmly believe that this is how it always will be.

Congratulations on Heroes of the Fatherland Day!



22.12.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with RT television channel, Moscow, December 22, 2021

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with RT television channel.

09.12.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s address for RIAC’s 10th anniversary, December 9, 2021

Mr Ivanov, colleagues, friends, The first 10 years of the Russian International Affairs Council have been a success story. The council is a recognised leader among domestic think tanks focusing on international affairs and a popular platform for broad-based dialogue on key global issues. RIAC’s publications often spark lively discussion, including here at the Foreign Ministry. It is only natural that the council members include prominent diplomats, politicians, public figures, and researchers.

19.11.2021 - President Vladimir Putin’s remarks at the expanded meeting of the Foreign Ministry Collegium, Moscow, November 18, 2021

The meeting was devoted to the implementation of national foreign policy and future tasks of Russian diplomacy.

12.11.2021 - Vladimir Putin took part, via videoconference, in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, November 12, 2021

The agenda of the summit, chaired by New Zealand, contains items on post-pandemic economic recovery of the region’s countries and APEC’s key areas of work to 2040. Following the summit, the participants adopted a Final 2021 APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration and the Aotearoa Plan of Action.

08.11.2021 - Six Lessons from a Pandemic

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev speaks about the past, present and future of combating COVID-19

02.11.2021 - Russian President Vladimir Putin’s address to participants in forum on forest and land use held within 26th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, November 2, 2021

The President of Russia addressed the participants of the World Leaders Summit on Action on Forests and Land Use held within the framework of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, UK.

01.11.2021 - President Vladimir Putin`s address to the second session of the G20 Summit, October 31, 2021

Vladimir Putin took part, via videoconference, in the second working session of the heads of delegations from G20 member countries, invited states and international organisations. The participants in the second session, dedicated to Climate Change and the Environment, discussed, in particular, sustainable development and the transition to a low-carbon economy. Following the summit, the G20 Rome Leaders’ Declaration was adopted.

01.11.2021 - President Vladimir Putin`s address to the first session of the G20 Summit, October 30, 2021

The President addressed, via videoconference, the first working session of the heads of delegations of the G20 member countries, invited states and international organisations. The theme of the session is The Global Economy and Global Health. The agenda includes global economic recovery, ensuring digital transformation and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, overcoming the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, strengthening healthcare systems, and implementing universal vaccination. The Summit was held on October 30–31 under Italy’s chairmanship.

25.10.2021 - President Putin's telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

On October 25, 2021 President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson.

22.10.2021 - Vladimir Putin took part in a plenary session of the 18th annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club, Sochi, October 21, 2021

Vladimir Putin took part in a plenary session of the 18th annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club.

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