Putin awards Lavrov with Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” I degree

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The Foreign Minister was also presented one of the main religious awards – the Sergey of Radonezh’s award I degree

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on awarding Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” I degree.

The document published on the legal information official website, noted that the Foreign Minister was awarded “for outstanding achievements in the implementation of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation and for his long diplomatic activity.”

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill honored Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with one of the main religious awards – the Sergey of Radonezh’s award I degree. This information was given on Monday by the press service of the Russian Orthodox Church.

“For diplomats from different generations, both in Russia and abroad you are a professional, an example to follow,” said the patriarch in his congratulatory address.

“I know you as a person of integrity, an active patriot who is faithful to his vocation and duty,” he added.

The Patriarch expressed his gratitude for “consistently developing” cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs “on building peace and civil accord in society, protection of traditional moral values.”

“In foreign policy there’s no peace for a long time”

On March 21 the Russian Foreign Minister turned 65 years. Phone calls and telegrams came from the western, eastern, southern and northern hemispheres, which the Minister crosses more than once every year.

In an interview with TASS Sergey Lavrov stressed that “in foreign policy there’s no peace for a long time”, but it’s not the reason for despair: it is indispensable to continue working hard without bring it to the boiling point.

“Only a beginner is allowed to lose head and give up when he finds himself in a dead end for the first time. And I, thanks to God, had a chance to see a lot during my years of diplomatic service. Patience that everyone in our profession needs is highly appreciated. I am difficult to irritate. But it’s not a good idea to check it,” the Minister said.

During lectures to students in different countries Sergey Lavrov always advises the younger generation to engage in sports, writing poetry, singing songs.

“It is important to maintain the spirit,” assures the Russian Foreign Minister. “It helps to relieve fatigue,” he adds.

Text and pictures by TASS