The message reads, in part:
“The 200th anniversary of Fort Ross is a major event in the cultural and social life of Russia and the US, a milestone in our common history. The founding of the first Russian settlement on the North Californian shore did more than just open a path to exploring vast territories, developing trade, agriculture and businesses. What is particularly important is that it also brought the people of our two continents closer, helping them establish friendly, fruitful contacts.
Until now Fort Ross is a bright example of the joint efforts of Russian and American citizens, representatives of the indigenous population of North America, business and civic communities. The exhibitions of the museum complex allow visitors to discover the lesser-known facts of the American continent settlement during the first half of the 19th century and provide an opportunity to learn more about Russian traditions and customs of that time. In this regard, they play an enormous educational and humanitarian role.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who has been helping preserve this unique monument in its original state, as well as those participating in establishing the Russian American Cultural Heritage Center. The significance of this work of preserving our common patrimony for our descendants can not be overrated.
I am confident that this memorable anniversary of Fort Ross, which has brought together representatives of Russia and the United States, will become a symbol of spiritual ties, friendship and trust between our countries and our peoples.”