The message reads, in part:
“I send my warmest greetings to this influential forum, born out of the Russian Orthodox Church’s efforts to bring together representatives of different religious organisations, scientific, cultural, and education figures, and members of the Russian communities in the neighbouring countries and further abroad.
The main theme of your assembly this year, Basic Values as Foundation for Unity among Peoples, has particular resonance for Russia. Common humanistic and moral ideals have brought people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds together throughout history and over the centuries have forged the bonds binding Russia’s peoples together, helping them to overcome any difficulties on their path.
Today too, mutual respect, love for our homeland, and care with regard to our family values and national and spiritual traditions consolidate our society, strengthen civic peace in our country, and help us to achieve our comprehensive modernisation objectives.”
The World Russian People’s Council is an international spiritual, education, cultural and charity public organisation that was founded in 1993 and meets annually.