The message said, in particular:
“This celebration has its roots in distant times and recalls one of the most memorable and heroic pages in our history. Back then, in 1612, people of different classes, faiths, and ethnic groups took up the call to unite before a cruel and ruthless enemy.
The people decided Russia’s fate and future, freed the country from foreign intervention, overcame internal strife, and revived and strengthened the state. This victory was achieved through strength of spirit, national unity, and great love for the homeland.
I firmly believe that respect for our country’s history, patriotism, and responsibility before our forebears are the foundations of solid statehood and public harmony. In order to move forward, we must more often look back to our sources and traditions, preserve the memory of our national heroes and remain loyal to the lofty moral references they bequeathed to us.”