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Putin opened the Year of Russia in Bulgaria

January 18 2008

Russian President Vladimir Putin is convinced that the centuries-old spiritual ties between Russia and Bulgaria, and mutual respect the two nations will serve as a successful partnership between the two countries under new conditions. "Our age-old spiritual relationship is well aware of the national interests of the two countries and mutual respect will serve as a successful partnership between Russia and Bulgaria in the new environment" - said Putin, speaking at the opening of Year of Russia in Bulgaria.

"In preparing the program of the Year, we would like to introduce you to what lives, Russia today and no matter how times change, feel again the need for companionship," - said Putin. Russian President stressed that the friendly feelings "have always been a defining feature of relations between our peoples." "This value can not be measured in money, and it is timeless, because it is bonded by blood, and comes from the heart" - said Putin.

He said that this year marks 130 years of the Liberation of Bulgaria and the rebuilding of its statehood. The events of that time recall, in the heart of Moscow is a monument to the Heroes of Plevna, and in Sofia - the Unknown Soldier and Tsar-Liberator. "This is not just monuments to the memory of our common struggle. That, if anything, the covenant of those who fell at Plevna and Shipka altitudes, the covenant - cherish our brotherhood as the most precious common heritage", - said Putin.

Reference: The Battle of Plevna was one of the decisive battles of the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878. Bulgarian fortress city of Pleven was captured by Turkish troops. Three assault by Russian and Romanian troops in July and August were unsuccessful. 1 (13) September, it was decided to move to the blockade, reported.


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