The President said, in particular, in his message:
“Throughout the centuries, defending our homeland’s borders was always a job entrusted to brave and courageous soldiers, ready at any moment to take the enemy’s first strike. We are deservedly proud of the feats of our soldiers and commanders and bow our heads in memory of those who gave their lives for our country in times of war and peace.
Today’s border guards continue their predecessors’ excellent professional and patriotic traditions. Your main tasks today are to stand firm against any attempts to enter Russian territory illegally and actively counter threats to our country’s economic security. You must ensure a reliable shield against terrorism, trans-border crime and drug trafficking, and prevent unlawful export of our cultural heritage.
I am sure that the FSB Border Guards personnel will continue to fulfil their duties with honour.”