President Vladimir Putin has sent a message of greetings to participants and guests of Days of Slavic written language and culture.
The message says, in particular:
"I am glad to welcome you at the Day of the Slavic Written Language and Culture which is widely celebrated in many Russian cities.
It's become good tradition to honour great enlighteners Kirill and Methodius, founders of the Slavic written language and culture. The alphabet created many years ago is still used in modern languages. It undoubtedly demonstrates common and inseparable roots of Slavic peoples, their spiritual and cultural kinship.
I am confident that this wonderful festivity of Slavic culture will leave in hearts of its numerous participants and guests the brightest and warmest reminiscences.
Following the summit in Riga on November 30, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained how the alliance could respond to Russia's 'new aggression against Ukraine.'