On 8 February 2024, the Permanent Mission of Russia to the European Union hosted a reception for the diplomatic corps accredited in Brussels. The event brought together heads and senior diplomats from the representations of some 50 countries, as well as diplomatic missions of regional organisations.
To mark the Diplomacy Day, the national anthem of the Russian Federation was played.
In his welcoming address, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Russian Mission to the EU Kirill Logvinov emphasised in particular that Russian diplomacy, guided by the updated Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation, will continue to counter the West's attempts to ensure its own security at the expense of others and to make them hostage to its geopolitical games. The official stressed that Russia will promote equal relations with constructively minded partners and help build an infrastructure of interstate relations that is invulnerable to the pressure of those who, as in the days of colonialism, want to live at the expense of others.
On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Maidan coup d'état, participants of the reception watched the RT film "Operation Ukraine. Terror on Demand". The Russian Mission also distributed the monograph “History of Ukraine”, prepared by a team of Russian historians and publicists, and the book “Ukraine’s Crimes Against Humanity” by Maxim Grigoriev, Chairman of the Foundation for the Study of Democracy, Member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, and Dmitry Sablin, First Deputy Chairman of the All-Russian organisation “Brothers in Arms”, Member of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, telling about the crimes committed by Ukrainian neo-Nazis and AFU soldiers in 2022-2023.
To commemorate the 80 years since the complete lifting of the Nazi Germany siege of Leningrad, attendees listened to a recording of Dmitry Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad”, performed by the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Gergiev.
Continuing our work to counter attempts to falsify the history of the Second World War, we presented our guests with an exhibition dedicated to the forthcoming 80th anniversary of the start of the liberation of Europe from Nazism by Red Army soldiers (26 March 1944). The display includes photographic documents testifying to the immortal heroism of the Soviet military.