On February 23, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba sent the Defence Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoygu congratulations on the Defender of the Fatherland Day.
The congratulation states, in particular:
I sincerely congratulate you and the military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the Defender of the Fatherland Day!
This is a celebration of those people who have dedicated their life to the defence of the Fatherland and its national interests.
The Ministry of Defence has a special role in preserving the territorial integrity, protecting the public order and the peaceful life of millions of Russian citizens. On this day, I would like to congratulate the veterans of the Armed Forces and the participants of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, who have fulfilled the noble mission of liberation and have made an irreplaceable and invaluable contribution to the victory over fascism, and also the entire military personnel that today, with honor and courage continues the tradition of preserving peace and stability.
I would like to comment on the close and successful cooperation between the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Abkhazia in the sphere of preserving peace and stability in the region.
Dear Sergey Kuzhugetovich, I would like to wish you strong health, prosperity and successes in serving the Fatherland!