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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s welcome message to participants and guests of the World Thematic Conference of Russian Compatriots “Economic Cooperation: Compatriots and Regions of Russia. Responding to Challenges of the Time.”

Dear colleagues and friends,

I am pleased to welcome you to this World Thematic Conference, which is dedicated to promoting business relations with our compatriots living abroad through constituent entities of the Russian Federation. The representative composition of today’s meeting testifies to the relevance of the proposed topic under current conditions.

It is also symbolic that our meeting is taking place on the eve of National Unity Day. This nationwide holiday marks, among other things, the unbreakable bond that unites the people of Russian culture and their spiritual and moral values, irrespective of the state in which they reside.

Dear friends,

We meet against a backdrop of unprecedented exacerbation of the geopolitical situation. It is no secret that after the launch of Russia’s special military operation, unfriendly countries have unleashed a full-fledged hybrid war against us. Its goal is to defeat us “on the battlefield”, undermine the Russian economy, undermine domestic political stability, and push Russia from its position as one of the world’s leading powers.

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