The message reads, in part:
“In the eyes of millions of people all across the world, Russia’s rescue services have become a symbol of hope and effective support in some of the most challenging situations. I congratulate the Emergency Ministry for always being on the frontline when it comes to fighting natural or man-made disasters. You are the first to offer help to those who need it, and in every emergency situation you are expected to demonstrate composure, tenacity as well as skill in making the only right choice.
You acted this way in 2017, when you were called upon to provide emergency relief, put out our major fires, take part in international humanitarian operations, including in Syria. In doing so, you were highly professional, competent, and ready to deliver on the set objectives in a skilful as well as timely manner.
I strongly believe that the Ministry workers will treasure the established traditions, fulfilling their duties, serving Russia with courage as well as in good faith.”