The message reads, in part:
“The festival is renowned for its diverse, rich programme and for its special, inspired atmosphere. The spectators look forward to and delight in this event that has become a true trademark of our capital city. Its impressive and spectacular concerts have become a truly triumphant success. Each year, the Spasskaya Tower attracts more and more military bands and outstanding soloists, dancers and folk groups from Russia and many other countries.
I am confident that this year’s creative gathering will also be organised to a high standard and will be of interest to all fans of classical and modern music, to those who respect the military history of the Fatherland and revere the legendary traditions of military service.”