Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a ceremony of awarding the Pushkin Medal to Lee Sang-kyun, President of the Korea-Russia Culture and Arts Society and President of the Seoul Cyber University, Seoul, March 24, 2021
Mr Lee Sang-kyun,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great honour for me to fulfill an honourable mission and to present the Pushkin Medal to Lee Sang-kyun, President of the Korea-Russia Culture and Arts Society, for his major contribution to the cause of promoting Russian culture and the Russian language in the Republic of Korea.
Mr Lee Sang-kyun,
We know you as an active and consistent advocate of expanded humanitarian cooperation between our two countries. You have become a worthy follower of the cause of your father, Mr Lee Se-ung, the Honourary President of the Korea-Russia Culture and Arts Society and a great friend of Russia whom we are very happy to see in this hall together with you.
I would like to note the fact that an entire group of enthusiasts who love and are acquainted with the culture of Russia, as well as its history, customs and language, has come to be around your family. This facilitates greater mutual understanding and friendship between states and also at the level of civil societies and ordinary people. It is quite symbolic that you are receiving this honourary and well-deserved award at a ceremony dedicated to the opening of the Year of Mutual Exchanges between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Korea. The ceremony also marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries.
Allow me to cordially congratulate you once again and to wish you and everyone present here good health, and every success in all your undertakings. All the very best.