Remarks by President Vladimir Putin at the Ceremony of the
Presentation of Credentials by the Ambassadors of Sri Lanka,
Guatemala, Cuba, Eritrea, Madagascar, Venezuela and Israel, the
Alexandrovsky Hall, Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow, April 16,
Good day, esteemed gentlemen,
I am glad to have an opportunity to greet you at this solemn
ceremony at the Kremlin. Today marks the official start of your
diplomatic mission to Russia. I hope that it will be effective and
will promote the development of the relations between our countries
on many planes.
You represent different regions of the planet. But in this
interconnected and interdependent world no single region, no single
country can fence itself off from the common problems facing the
international community. They include local and regional conflicts,
international terrorism and extremism, financial and economic
I am convinced that these acute and topical challenges can only be
met by joint efforts of the entire world community.
The development of the international situation puts to the fore the
topical task of preserving the supremacy of international legal
norms and the unique role of global security institutions, above
all the UN. Recent realities prove that the universal "rules
of behavior" worked out in the course of the many centuries of
human history which has been by no means free of problems, are in
need of constant adaptation to the changing world and careful
Summing up, I can say firmly that Russia is a reliable partner in
the formation of a genuinely democratic model of the new world
order. Russia is ready for the broadest cooperation in this sphere.
Russian relations with the states which you represent are based on
trust and constructive partnership.
A long-standing friendship binds the Russian Federation and the
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. These relations are
backed by practical cooperation in our countries' struggle
against terrorism, extremism and separatism. Russia takes a keen
interest in the successful advancement of the negotiating process
on the search of a political resolution of the interethnic conflict
in Sri Lanka.
We note the positive dynamics in the evolution of ties with
Guatemala. Obvious is the constructive role which your state plays
in the political and economic life of the Central American region.
We cherish our traditional cooperation with Cuba. Russians have
always entertained deep sympathy for your country and for your
people. Today we are consistently building our relations on a new
basis, while preserving all the best that was accumulated over the
previous decades. I am convinced: this approach meets the interests
of our two peoples.
We are for the development of cooperation with Eritrea. In the
political, trade-and-economic and other fields we still have quite
a lot of opportunities. A good potential exists. And all this needs
to be developed.
Russian relations with the Republic of Madagascar have a
long-standing history. For long years they have been distinguished
by a friendly and confidential character. We consider it important
to use the amassed experience of cooperation more effectively and
to look for new reciprocally beneficial forms of bilateral ties.
We are satisfied with the richness of the political dialogue with
the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Of great importance in this
regard were the Russian-Venezuelan meetings at the highest level.
The main thing today is to ensure the practical implementation of
the existing accords.
Russian-Israeli relations have markedly advanced, especially in the
last few years. To build up the existing many-sided ties and to
make full use of their significant potential is our common task. It
is very important to deepen the confidential character of our
And, of course, today coordinated efforts by the international
community are necessary as never before for the commencement of
real progress towards the establishment of an enduring peace in the
Once again I would like to wish you success in performing your
noble mission. I am sure that by your activities you will
contribute to the strengthening of friendship and cooperation among
our states. By expanding multilateral cooperation and political
dialogue we will be able, through joint efforts, to achieve a great
I would like to stress that you will meet the most committed
attention and support in this work on the part of the Russian
ministries and agencies.
All the best to you,
Thank you for your attention.
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