The message reads, in part:
“The current forum that brings together delegates from over 100 countries is taking place following the approval of the amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. For example, the Constitution now includes a provision on protecting the rights and interests of compatriots and on preserving the all-Russian cultural identity. These legal norms create conditions for further improving the state policy with regard to those who, as fate had willed it, found themselves outside the Homeland.
Support for compatriots and efforts to facilitate the implementation of significant projects in education, enlightenment, culture and social security invariably rank among the most important nationwide priorities. We intend to expand the work in this direction, including within the framework of the relevant governmental commission.
The Congress’ theme, Russia and Compatriots in a Changing World, calls for reviewing a wide range of truly topical matters. I hope that, during your discussions, you will voice ideas and initiatives aiming to search for the most effective ways of realising the constructive potential of the multi-million-strong Russian World.
I would like to sincerely thank you for your active efforts to promote the Russian language and Russian culture, to preserve Russian traditions and a rich spiritual legacy. We will continue to provide you with all-round assistance and support in the future.”