The celebration of the Diplomats’ Day at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Netherlands
In the picture H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin, Ambassador of Russia.
To mark Diplomats’ Day 2020, H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin, Russian Ambassador to the Netherlands, and his wife Mrs. Natalia Shulgina hosted a reception at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in The Hague.
Since 2002, Diplomats’ Day has been celebrated, as an opportunity for the nation to celebrate its foreign service and recognize the work carried out by Russian diplomats around the world.
Alexander Shulgin drew the attention of the all presents to the fact that this year we are celebrating two major anniversaries: the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II (remembered in Russia as the Great Patriotic War), and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
The Ambassador emphasized that Russia has done everything necessary in order to counter the falsification of history, to preserve the good name of the victorious soldiers, and to prevent the revision of the internationally recognized results of Nazism’s defeat. Along with Russia, many responsible states across the world advocate for a proper historical memory – he noted.
The head of Russian mission also touched upon the role played by Soviet diplomacy during World War II. To this memory – he explained – the hall of the ground floor at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs features a plaque in honor of the employees of the Soviet diplomatic service operating during the Great Patriotic War. This plaque – Mr. Shulgin noted – serves as a constant reminder for the new generations of diplomats of their predecessors’ courage and patriotism.
Ambassador Shulgin also offers to guests an insight into the history of his country’s diplomatic corps. The foundations of Russian diplomacy were laid more than a 1000 years ago, he explained, when a delegation from Ancient Russia led by Princess Olga successfully conducted negotiations with the Byzantine Empire.
A photo exhibition depicting remarkable milestones of the Soviet and Russian diplomatic service was introduced to public.
The Russian piano player Anna Frank performed a variety of music pieces.