The message reads, in part:
“Welcome to the ceremonial start of the sixth Silk Way International Rally that once again brings professional racers and car racing enthusiasts from across Russia and many other countries to Red Square.
You face thousands of kilometres of the most technical routes, and a long and difficult challenge, a true test of strength and endurance for both your machines and you personally.
This year’s route will follow the ancient Silk Route through three neighbouring countries, Russia, Kazakhstan and China. At every stage, participants will be greeted and supported by fans and local residents.
I know you will show top professionalism, perseverance and a winning spirit, and the spectators will enjoy unforgettable moments of triumph and pride for the success of their teams.”
The 2016 International Silk Way Rally will finish in Beijing on July 24.