The message reads, in part:
“Traditionally held in St Petersburg, this major exhibition presents the latest armament and navy assets, advanced solutions and technologies. Russia’s northern capital has every right to be regarded as a reputable shipbuilding hub. It is here that specialised higher educational institutions, research and engineering facilities are located alongside large shipyards where ships and multi-purpose vessels are built.
I strongly believe that the diverse and intense agenda of the 9th International Maritime Defence Show will be of interest for experts, helping step up military-technical and international cooperation, as well as promoting Russian military products on foreign markets.”