Moscow, August 3, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent greetings to the delegates and guests of the VI Session of the World Congress of Tatars, describing the preservation of every ethnic group's identity and stronger inter-ethnic accord in the country as a priority, the Kremlin said in a statement.
"It is a priority for the state to preserve the identity and unique character of every ethnic group, and strengthen peace, and inter-ethnic, inter-religious cohesion in the country. It is essential that major public initiatives, such as the World Congress of Tatars, contribute to the success of these large-scale and highly relevant efforts. This year the Congress celebrates its 25th anniversary," Putin said in his greetings.
"The efforts of the World Congress of Tatars to promote the Tatar language and culture and implement important educational projects and awareness campaigns, including in the area of international cooperation, deserve our outmost respect," he said.
"I believe that your forum is a major event with great social impact that brings together participants from various regions of Russia and a number of other countries. The diversity of religions, cultures and traditions is rightly regarded as one of the main riches of our multi-ethnic Fatherland," he said.