8 Sep 2017 19:09

Medvedev congratulates Kabardino-Balkaria on 460th anniversary of voluntary accession to Russian state

MOSCOW. Sept 8 (Interfax) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated the leader of Kabardino-Balkaria, Yury Kokov, and residents of the republic on the landmark date, the 460th anniversary of Kabardino-Balkaria's voluntary accession to the Russian state.

"This truly historic event was of huge significance to our multiethnic country. Next after the Kabardians, the Circassians, the Adyghe, the Balkarians, the united, strong Russian state welcomed other North Caucasus peoples who joined it voluntarily. Together we withstood quite a few tests, together defending our land, cultivating and developing it, building towns and villages, roads and schools," the congratulation, posted on the government website on Friday, said.

Today the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria "is dynamically developing, its economic potential is strengthening, people's lives are improving," Medvedev said.

"This is one of the most beautiful regions, whose picturesque landscapes, salubrious air and healing mineral [water] springs are drawing here many tourists, sanatorium and resort visitors and alpine climbing and skiing enthusiasts. And to all of your guests you extend a hearty welcome, showing sincere benevolence and cordiality," Medvedev said.

"Our centuries-long traditions of peace and friendship will serve as a bright example for all peoples of our big country," the Russian premier said.