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Dmitry Medvedev chaired in Ufa a meeting of the State Council Presidium on measures to strengthen interethnic harmony and develop Russia’s diverse national cultures.

Opening remarks at a meeting of the State Council Presidium on strengthening interethnic harmony in Russian society

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PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Good afternoon,

Today’s presidium is meeting to discuss measures to strengthen interethnic harmony in our country. I think you all understand the reasons for deciding to examine this particular issue. This is a sign that not everything is in order in our country in this area.

I want to warn from the outset about over-dramatising the situation. We should not exaggerate the threat that exists, but at the same time, we must be completely ready to guarantee that interethnic peace and interfaith harmony remain real achievements throughout our country’s entire history.

I will start by outlining a few priority tasks.

First, it is obvious that work on interethnic harmony and communication between cultures should begin in our schools and universities for it is there that people’s world outlook is formed. The world outlook that people develop within the education system determines the way they relate to the surrounding world, the compatibility of their views with those of others, their ability to listen to others, respect others’ customs, and abide by the rules of present-day life.

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