19:36 * RUSSIA * SERBIA * RELATIONS * AMBASSADOR
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GIVES SERBIA HOPE FOR SURVIVAL
MOSCOW, June 4 (RIA Novosti) - Serbia and
Montenegro's ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Russia Milan
Rocen believes that Russia gives his country hope for survival.
Mr. Rocen announced this on Friday at a charity concert given in
honor of 540 Serbian children from Kosovo and Metohija in the Cathedral
of Christ the Savior. The children came to spend summer vacations in
Russia on the initiative of the Andrew the First-Called foundation and
the Center of Russia's National Glory.
"Russia has always been a friendly country for Serbia and
Montenegro. This is our symbol of faith and hope for survival," the
He is convinced that Serbian children seeing warmth and support in
Russia will never grow hard and follow the laws of hatred and
The ambassador also thanked everyone involved in this great charity
action, including Russian society, the Kremlin, diplomats and the Russian
Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All Russia blessed the Serbian
children from Kosovo and Metohija in the Cathedral of Christ the
"This action takes children away from shocks, sufferings and
troubles, which they are facing in their homeland," Alexis II
"All Russian people sympathize with sufferings of Kosovo Serbs
who lost their relatives and friends," he noted.
"We share the grief and suffering of our Orthodox brothers and
sisters," the patriarch said recollecting the tragic events in
Kosovo and Metohija in March 2004. As a result of ethnic cleansings many
Kosovo Serbs were murdered or exiled from their homes and their houses
According to the patriarch, children from Kosovo and Metohija will
rest in Russian summer camps and health centers together with Russian
In his words, the children will see Russia's development and
revival of church life.
Alexis II presented the young guests with icons of Our Lady of
Vladimir and children's editions of the Bible. The children handed him a
cross to remind him of them.
Russian pop stars, the Moscow boys' choir, the Katyusha children's
fashion and aesthetics theater, the bell ringers' ensemble and vocal
groups took part in the concern entitled "The Wings of
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