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Выступление Посла Российской Федерации в Канаде А.Н.Дарчиева на приеме в честь Дня России (8 июня 2018 г.)

Dear guests, your Excellencies Ambassadors, ladies and gentlemen, Russian and Canadian friends,

This year we celebrate a very special National Day – in less than a week Russia will host FIFA World Cup for the first time in history.

As a young boy I had a dream that one day great soccer players like Pele, Cruijff, Beckenbauer, Garrincha and Florian Albert would come to Russia as a world stars’ team to play with my favorite club “Dynamo Moscow” led by the renowned goalie Lev Yashin.

Almost 50 years have passed since that romantic time; I grew older and my hair turned gray, but childish dream of big soccer coming to Russia does materialize.

So, I am happy to invite everyone to have a taste of Russian hospitality, to watch, but better visit, soccer games in 11 Russian cities.

You will have a unique chance to get familiar with my homecountry in all its unique diversity and multiplicity of cultures, where Europe meets Asia, where Russians and hundreds of other peoples with their native languages and religions live together for centuries as a large harmonious family.

Modern Russia is a country of strong traditions based on historic continuity, inspired by our saints and our heroes that defended the Motherland against deadly invasions.

While being faithful to our past, Russia looks to the future aspiring new break-throughs in high tech, space exploration and state-of-the-art communications.

We believe that centuries’ old quest for truth and justice, epitomized by great Russian writers and humanists, like Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky, is very topical nowadays when the world is facing renewed challenges of division and enmity.

Like hockey which is Canadian-born game, successfully adopted by Russia, soccer, or, to be more precise, European football, remains one of the strongest denominators that unites nations of the world and pacifies for a while even controversial politicians on the opposing sides of the aisle.

I do believe that Russian football team will be as successful and eager to win as our national hockey team at the latest Winter Olympics.

Tonight, besides sports and politics, you also have a rare opportunity to discover contemporary Russian avant-garde represented by the paintings of the talented artist Alexei Klokov who is extremely creative in expressing our multifaceted and multidimensional reality.

Дорогие друзья,

Отмечаемый сегодня День России очень необычный, поскольку менее чем через неделю открывается чемпионат мира по футболу. Свершилось то, что так долго ждали поколения отечественных болельщиков.

Хоккей и футбол в нашей стране – почти религия. Очень хочется верить, что наши футболисты будут достойны великих советских мастеров Эдуарда Стрельцова, Льва Яшина, Виктора Понедельника, Давида Кипиани, Никиты Симоняна, Игоря Нетто и Федора Черенкова.

Каким бы ни был результат, все равно победит футбол, объединяющий народы, победят преданные болельщики, победит наша Россия, которая открыта миру, готова щедро делиться гостеприимством и устремлена в будущее, сохраняя верность традициям, своим героям и святым, вечным ценностям семьи, добра и справедливости.