Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings to organisers and participants of the Third Protecting the Future Moscow International Conference on Combatting Xenophobia, Antisemitism and Racism
I am glad to extend welcome to the organisers and participants of the Third Protecting the Future Moscow International Conference on Combatting Xenophobia, Antisemitism and Racism.
Historically, Russia has been developing as a multiethnic state, in which people of different nationalities, cultures and religions live in harmony with each other. The strengthening of interethnic and interfaith accord remains a clear priority of state policy. We are ready to share our unique experience with our foreign colleagues.
Regrettably, we can see increasing manifestations of nationalism, anti-Semitism and Russophobia in many European countries, primarily Ukraine and the Baltics, undisguised propaganda of xenophobic ideas and the growing activity of neo-Nazis and other radical groups. We are seriously concerned about the persistent attempts to split society along ethnic, religious and language lines.
These dangerous actions merit the most energetic response from the international community. In this context, Russian diplomacy is ready for broad-based cooperation with all parties, including the Jewish communities in Russia and other states.
I am convinced that the results of your conference will help to rally international efforts to combat all and any manifestations of racial and religious intolerance.
I would like to wish you success and all the very best.