The president of the Russian Federation, the supreme commander of Armed forces of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin Dear comrades, dear veterans, I am happy to be with you at this gala event in the Kremlin I would like to congratulate the veterans, military personnel and civilian employees of the Armed Forces as well as all Russian citizens on Defender of the Fatherland Day
Dear comrades, Today, Russia’s security is in good hands Our officers and soldiers persevere in consistent combat training, improving their military skills during strategic drills and exercises, battle marches and long campaigns They confidently showed high professionalism, combat capability, strength of spirit and the best qualities of the Russian military during the operation in the Syrian Arab Republic, destroyed large, well-equipped terrorist groups, thwarted big threats to our Motherland far from its borders, and helped Syrians to preserve the sovereignty of their country On this day, I would like to thank all the participants of combat activities in Syria for their service We will keep striving to make our Army and Navy ever more modern, which means enhancing the capabilities of the strategic forces and sending cutting-edge weaponry and equipment to all services and branches of the Armed Forces, including lasers, hypersonic and high precision systems
Many of our weapons, as I have already said, are unrivalled throughout the world, whereas a number of promising samples, which are, in fact, weapons of the future, have already passed from the testing stage to combat duty This means, as I have already said, that the defence capabilities and security of Russia have been reliably ensured for the long term And, of course, the courageous soldiers and sergeants, and I will specially stress, our officers, the officer corps of our country, loyal to the Fatherland, true patriots, have always been and remain the main and most robust foundation of our Armed Forces The duty of all commanders at any level is not only to master the military art but also to educate and bring up their subordinates, to be an all-around role model for them It is no accident that they always used to say, “the officer will teach it, the soldier will do it
” I would like to underscore that the state greatly values military professionals, and we will continue providing proper living and service conditions for them This work will definitely continue Dear friends, let me congratulate you again on Defender of the Fatherland Day I would like to extend my best wishes to your loved ones, those who are waiting for you and love you, who keep the warmth of your home They are all rightly entitled to share the joys of this holiday with you
I am confident that the Russian Army and Navy will always stand guard of the Motherland’s interests and will suitably resolve all the tasks set before them I wish you good health and new achievements in your service Thank you Happy holiday!