Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s acceptance speech during the St Andrew the Apostle Foundation’s Faith and Loyalty International Award ceremony

Monday, 18 December 2017 12:16

Mr Yakunin,


It is a great honour for me to become a laureate of the Faith and Loyalty International Award, especially alongside these outstanding people, my compatriots.  

I see this award (and these are not just empty words, I do mean it) as recognition of the efforts of the entire ministry, without which this ceremony today would not be possible, because this is our common work, the practical implementation of foreign policy as defined by President Vladimir Putin, for promoting the ideals of peace, kindness, honesty and justice at the international level. The same ideals form the basis of the St Andrew Foundation with which we have cooperated closely for a long time, for the benefit of our country and people.

The St Andrew Foundation’s efforts to preserve our historical memory, enrich our spiritual and cultural heritage, and educate our young generation deserve the highest appreciation. I would also like to note the humanitarian programmes, some of which were mentioned in the video, that assist people in need in the Balkans, in the South Caucasus, in the Middle East and other regions of our restless world.

Most importantly, the St Andrew Foundation promotes the moral values and ideals that are common to all world religions without exception. This is what brings us together. Aspirations to reach inter-civilisational accord deserve more than kind words, they deserve every possible means of support. The Foreign Ministry will continue to assist these efforts in every possible way.

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