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Russian Diplomatic Service Day Marked in Seoul
Amb. Konstantin Vnukov Hosts Reception at Embassy
Russian Ambassador to Seoul Konstantin Vnukov and his spouse, Mrs. Yulia Vnukova receive guests at the Russian Embassy in Seoul on Feb. 9, 2011 for the reception held on the occasion the Russian Diplomatic Service Day.

Russia has owed a lot of its greatness to its diplomatic officials who played pivotal roles in building her into a great power in Europe first and then a global power in the world, since its first Czar Ivan IV set up "Posol'skii Prikaz," or Ambassadorial Department, a body in charge of foreign affairs on Feb. 10, 1549.

On Feb. 10, each year, well over 10,000 of its foreign service officers around the globe celebrate the day as Russian Diplomatic Service Day. Then Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2002 issued an edict to officially designate February 10th as the Diplomatic Service Day or the Day of Diplomatic Workers.

Mr. Kim Jae-Shin (left) deputy foreign minister for politital affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT), delivers a congratulatory speech while Russian Amb. Konstantin Vnukov (center) looks on at the reception held at the Russian Embassy in Seoul on Feb. 9, 2011. At right is Chief of Protocol Anna Sidorova.

As elsewhere in the world, Russian Ambassador to Seoul Konstantin Vnukov and his spouse, Mrs. Yulia Vnukova, invited a host of local and foreign guests to its embassy in downtown Seoul for a dinner reception on Feb. 9, 2011 on the occasion of Russian Diplomatic Service Day, which falls on Feb. 10, each year.

Held at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Hall of the Russian Embassy in Jeong-dong, Seoul, the dinner reception attracted a careful selection of opinion-former-class guests including top foreign envoys serving in Seoul and the local media people.

Among the diplomats were Indian Ambassador Skand R. Tayal, and his wife Mrs. Tayal, and Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Belashov.

Mr. Alexander A. Timonin (left holding a glass of wine), minister-counsellor & deputy chief of mission of the Russian Embassy in Seoul, poses with Mr. Kim Jae-Shin (to his right) deputy foreign minister for politital affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT), Ukrainian Amb. Volodymyr Belashov (right: red ties), and with other guests at the Russian Embassy in Seoul.

From the South Korean government came Mr. Kim Jae-Shin, deputy foreign minister for politital affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT), and European Affairs Bureau Director Kim Jung-Ha of MOFAT's Eurasia Division.

Deputy Minister Kim made a congratulatory speech following the Russian envoy's welcoming remarks.

In his speech the Russian envoy stressed the importance of the "real strategic partnership" between Moscow and Seoul.

Russian Ambassador to Seoul Konstantin Vnukov (left) singing

Russian Diplomatic Service Day

Russian Diplomatic Service Day or the Day of Diplomatic Workers was first instituted in 2002 by an edict of then President Vladimir Putin to celebrate for the 200th anniversary of the formation of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Russian Diplomatic Service Day falls on February 10th, because Feb. 10, 1549 is the earliest written mention of what used to be called the "Posol'skii Prikaz," or Ambassadorial Department, a body in charge of foreign affairs which was established by Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible).

On this day some 11,000 Russian diplomats celebrate their professional day at their 236 Russian embassies and consulates around the world as well as at its 36 departments of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow.

Presently, Russia maintains diplomatic relations with 178 countries including South and North Koreas. Moscow opened the diplomatic ties with Seoul in 1991.

The following are the welcoming address by the Russian envoy and the congratulatory speech by the South Korean foreign official.

Russian Ambassador to Seoul Konstantin Vnukov (center) poses with his guests at the dinner reception held at the Russian Embassy in Seoul on Feb. 9, 2011. To his left is Ms. Liudmila Kosareva, attache of the Russian Embassy.

Welcoming Address
by H.E. Mr. Konstantin V. Vnukov,
Ambassador of the Russian Federation
on the occasion of the Russian Diplomatic Service Day (Seoul, Feb. 9, 2011)

Esteemed Deputy Minister Kim Jae-Shin,
Esteemed Heads of Foreign Missions in the Republic of Korea, Ladies and gentlemen,

I am very glad to welcome all of you at the traditional reception on the occasion of the Russian Diplomatic Service Day. Our professional holiday, which is marked this year for the 10th time, is aimed at the confirmation of the value of deep traditions of the Russian diplomatic service and underlining a very important role of the diplomacy in the modern world.

Mrs. Lidia Balashov (2nd from left), wife of Counsellor Victor Balashov, poses with her daughter Maria Balashov (right) and two other ladies during the reception held at the Russian Embassy in Seoul on Feb. 9, 2011 on the occasion of the Russian Diplomatic Service Day.

Nowadays the president of the Russian Federation, Mr. Dmitry A. Medvedev, assigns the main task to the Russian diplomats which is to assist the comprehensive modernization of the country and to set out its economy on the path of innovations as well as to create favorable external conditions for that.

I am pleased to notice that among our priority partners in modernization an important place without any doubt belongs to the Republic of Korea , relations with which are among the priorities of the Russian foreign policy in Asia Pacific.

I am convinced that in the year 2011 by our joint efforts we will realize all large-scale agreements reached by our two presidents last November, and will enhance bilateral political and economic relations to new heights of the real strategic partnership.

Russian Ambassador to Seoul Konstantin Vnukov (right) poses with his guests and performers at the dinner reception held at the Russian Embassy in Seoul on Feb. 9, 2011.

I would like to assure our Korean colleagues that in order to reach these important goals the Embassy of the Russian Federation will show high professionalism, creative work approach and ability to generate fresh ideas.

Summing up, I would like to thank our good friends from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, other ministries and departments, public organizations of the Republic of Korea, and also my dear colleagues — ambassadors of the foreign countries for your invaluable help and support. Without your support it would be impossible to achieve such a great success.

Indian Ambassador Skand R. Tayal, and his wife Mrs. Tayal

I wish all the guests and my colleagues, present at the reception, good health, prosperity and new success in your activities. Thanks for your attention. Let me propose a toast to the friendship and cooperation between our countries.

Congratulatory Speech
by Mr. Kim Jae-Shin, deputy foreign minister for political affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)

Ambassador Konstantin Vnukov,
Excellencies,
Distinguished Guests,

It is a great honor and pleasure for me to extend my heartfelt congratulations on the Russian Diplomatic Service Day.

Counsellor Victor Balashov (right) of the Russian Embassy in Seoul poses with his daughter Marian Balashov (center) at the reception held on Feb. 9, 2011 at its embassy. At left is President Jung Heon of East-Asia Strategic Institute.

As a fellow diplomat, I am very happy to join my colleagues from Russia and other countries, present here today, to celebrate this meaningful day.

Before I begin, allow me to express my deepest condolences and sorrow to the victims and their families of the bomb attack that occurred at Domodedovo Airport on January 24.

On behalf of the Korean government, I once again strongly condemn the terrorist attack.

It is known that Russia established its first diplomatic service, the Embassy Department, on Feb. 10 in 1549, during the reign of Czar Ivan IV (the Fourth), and organized a modern type of foreign ministry in the early 19th century. Since then, Russia has continuously strengthened its diplomatic competency.

Chief of Protocol Anna Sidorova of The Russian Embassy in Seoul poses with Ms. Heather Kim, president of ABA Real Estate & Relocation Services. At center is Mr. Joseph Joh, publisher & managing editor of The Seoul Times.

In particular, I would like to express my great appreciation for Russia's contributions to resolve conflicts and create a favorable environment for international cooperation.

I also look forward to the significant global events Russia is to host, such as the 2012 APEC Summit in Vladivostok, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
I am confident that Russia will demonstrate its global leadership to the international community by successfully organizing these events.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Last year was very meaningful to both Korea and Russia. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries, President Lee Myung-Bak and President Medvedev made reciprocal visits.

Russian Ambassador Konstantin Vnukov (right) poses with ABA President Heather Kim at the Russian Embassy in Seoul.

These visits served as good opportunities for our two countries to move forward as global partners that share views not only on bilateral matters, but also on global issues.

I hope that our two countries will continue to make efforts for the further development of Korea-Russia Strategic Cooperative Partnership.

The Russian Diplomatic Service Day is a day dedicated to the diplomats of Russia. But I would like this day to be celebrated by all of us here. In closing, allow me to propose a toast to celebrate the Russian Diplomatic Service Day.




 

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