The message reads, in part:
“Since its inception, the Society has played an important role in strengthening cultural and spiritual ties between Russia and the Promised Land and in organising pilgrimages to Christian shrines. Orthodox Christian churches and abodes, schools and hospitals were built with the most active involvement of the Society. Archeological expeditions and those aiming to study and publish early texts were also established, creating a foundation for fundamental research projects and publishing unique editions.
It is gratifying to note that you continue these selfless traditions and make a considerable contribution to the development of national Oriental studies, that you devote tireless attention to educational activities, and that you implement highly popular cultural, humanitarian, educational and charity projects. And, of course, I would like to single out the invaluable assistance that you provide to the people of Syria and those in the Donbass people’s republics.”