The message reads, in part:
“Today Moscow welcomes children from across Russia and from other countries. As always, I hope they will enjoy our warm welcome and the busy cultural programme and guided tours. I hope they will have plenty of chances to socialise, make new friends and learn about the life of children in other countries.
I am glad to note that this large-scale festival has been organised for many years by the Russian Children’s Foundation. Thanks to the selfless efforts of the staff who work hard to support children, instill high moral, spiritual and patriotic ideals, promote the values of a healthy and proactive lifestyle, many popular social, charitable and educational projects have become reality.”