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Russia National Day 2018

20 June 2018

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Africa,  Mr Mikhail Petrakov hosted a reception to celebrate Russia’s national day. The national day, observed on June 12, was celebrated on June 14 and coincided with the opening of the FIFA World Cup which is being hosted by Russia.

Every National Day is about identity, said Ambassador Petrakov. “Russia and Russians identify themselves in the international arena with peace, stability, equal security, just and democratic world order based on international law.”

Quoting Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ambassador Petrakov said, “For us, Russia, the Homeland, is much more than the place where we were born and live. In our hearts, we feel an indissoluble bond to our history, spiritual values and moral principles. And this invisible but durable thread binds all generations together.

“Our country has been through numerous critical times and severe trials. But our multinational people met all challenges with dignity and honour. The foundation, the core of this unity and tenacity has always been and always will be devotion to the Fatherland....”

South Africa hosted the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ meeting earlier this month in which Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov participated.

Ambassador Petrakov thanked South Africa, especially President Ramaphosa and Minister Sisulu, for their hospitality and looked forward to the BRICS Summit that will take place from 25 to 27 July 2018.

Russia and South Africa are moving closer together especially since the establishment of the visa free regime. Discussions between Presidents Putin and Ramaphosa in July within the framework of the BRICS Summit will further give impetus to the two countries’ bilateral relations said Ambassador Petrakov.

On the evening of the 14th, the Russian Embassy and SABC hosted a viewing of the opening match of the FIFA World Cup. Fans enjoyed Russian hospitality and the evening ended in celebration with Russia beating Saudi Arabia 5-0. 32 teams will play a total of 64 matches in 12 venues around Russia. The winners will be crowned on 15 July at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.

Ambassador Petrakov ensured that all guests left knowing the name of the Mascot, ‘Zabivaka’, which means the one who scores.




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