Vladimir Putin

President of Russia

Dear friends,
It is a pleasure to welcome the organizers, participants and guests of the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2017.
As usual, the program is quite rich in events. One of the major attractions, of course, will be the demonstration of the most advanced weapons and military equipment.
All those interested will have a chance to become acquainted with Russia's achievements in the defense industry and science and to see the growing capabilities of our Armed Forces.
Significantly, the Forum also provides a platform for an active international dialogue. It gives an opportunity for military agencies and enterprises, scientists and experts to establish new contacts. Here, the most pressing problems and challenges, as well as ways to deal with common threats become subject of substantive professional discussions, which helps strengthen mutual trust.
It is only together, by joining our efforts and respecting the national interests of all states, that we can ensure effective and sustainable development for the benefit of millions of people.
I am sure that ARMY-2017 will be remembered not only as one of the largest military technical exhibitions of the year, but also as an example of fruitful international cooperation.
I wish the organizers every success with the upcoming activities, and an enjoyable experience and all the best to the participants and guests of the Forum.