ArmInfo. In the Holy See of St. Etchmiadzin began its work the third international conference "Traditional values - the challenges of modernity."
The Ambassador of Russia to Armenia Ivan Volynkin addressed the participants of the conference with a welcoming message. The greeting of the ambassador, read by the adviser-envoy of the Russian diplomatic mission, Andrei Ivanov, says: "The preservation of traditional values and morality is directly connected with the prospect of global development." On the part of individual organizations and even states, attempts are being made to destroy such fundamental institutions as the institution of marriage, family , imposing false values on society.As a result, the people lose their orientation and traditions, turning into a group of people.
Thus, economic, and then poly of sul state foundations. " In this regard, the Ambassador stressed the need to protect traditional values from alien expansion. "The success and prosperity of the state largely depends on the ability to resist these attempts, the Russian and Armenian peoples have always been open and interested in interpenetrating cultures." In recent years, much work has been done to preserve common values. "We do not impose our traditions on anyone, nor condemn our traditions Western partners for their choice, but let us have our own, "the diplomat summed up.
The importance of the discussed topics in his welcome message to the participants of the conference was stressed by the head of the Committee on International Affairs of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Konstantin Kosachev. In his message, the parliamentarian, in particular, noted that the Armenian and Russian peoples should jointly fight against imposing alien values on the societies of the two countries, shaking the foundations of statehood.
The participants of the conference were also greeted by the message of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, who also stressed the importance of preserving the national foundations in the globalizing world.
And the Secretary General of the Assembly of Peoples of Eurasia, Andrei Belyaninov, in his message, in particular, noted that in order to confront external globalization challenges, it is necessary to activate people's diplomacy and cultural interaction in the Eurasian space. The head of the social office of the Holy Echmiadzin St.Marcos Mangasaryan in his speech stressed the important role of the media in preserving the national customs and traditions and confronting the challenges of globalization.
The rector of the Compound of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia in Gyumri, Archimandrite Andrey, in his turn expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that the globalizing world imposes on the societies of the two countries the principles of tolerance. "What is tolerance? This is the lack of resistance to external challenges, it's like opening the state's borders to the enemy," the archimandrite assured. As a result of the conference, a resolution will be developed addressing the peoples, churches and authorities of the two countries, with recommendations for the preservation of traditional values and the intensification of humanitarian cooperation between countries. Within the framework of the conference a special exhibition of ancient manuscripts and printed materials "The Church - the storehouse of the family and the memory store", organized by the National Archives of the Republic of Armenia.
The conference is organized by the Charity Foundation for the Support of Russian Sacred Saints of Mount Athos with the support of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the ANO <Center for Strategic Projects>, the Association of Students of Russian Universities in Armenia and the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Yerevan. The event is implemented with funds provided by the Foundation for Presidential Grants.