The message reads, in part:
“Russia has the honour of hosting this high-level forum. Held for the first time in our capital, your meeting brings together delegations from many countries, offering them a marvellous opportunity to engage in a broad conversation on ways to promote military sports and come up with novel approaches for stepping up cooperation in this area.
Russia treasures its long-standing and solid ties with the International Military Sports Council, as well as the major joint projects we undertook together. We would like to praise the Council for its principled and firm position and unwavering commitment to its slogan which reads: “Friendship through Sport.” We are committed to further expanding our mutually beneficial partnership to strengthen and build up military sports traditions.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Council’s leadership for its constructive cooperation and trust. I strongly believe that all the events you planned will be held at the highest level.”