On the 11th of June H. E. Mr. Anatoly Makarov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Bulgaria, gave a reception at the embassy on the occasion of the Day of Russia.

It is celebrated on the 12th of June, the date on which the Declaration on State Sovereignty of the Russian Federation, underpinning the first Constitution of the Russian Federation, was adopted in 1990. The reception was honored by the Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria Mrs. Iliana Yotova, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense Mr. Krassimir Karakachanov, the Minister of Energy Mrs. Temenuzhka Petkova, the Minister of Tourism Mrs. Nikolina Angelkova, Ambassadors, MPs, representatives of the Bulgarian institutions, the diplomatic corps in our country, the Russian diaspora and friends of Russia.

H. E. Mr. Anatoly Makarov welcomed the guests with a speech, in which he emphasized on the development of the cooperation between our countries, during the past year. He then handed Mrs. Stanka Shopova, Chair of the Sustainable Development Foundation for Bulgaria, the Order of Friendship - the highest Russian award, which is given to foreigners who have contributed to the development of the bilateral relations. She was honored with it in February this year with the decree of the Russian President. "One of the most important factors for the successful cooperation between Russia and Bulgaria is the presence of these compassionate people who do not save efforts to maintain and develop our relations", said H. E. Mr. Anatoly Makarov.

Then the guests indulged in lively conversations in the halls and the embassy's garden while trying traditional Russian dishes and drinks. For the pleasant mood of the evening contributed the performance of the musicians of the Brass Orchestra from the Academy of the Ministry of Interior and the Gramophone band.

The photos are provided by the press service of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Bulgaria.

Above: H. E. Mr. Anatoly Makarov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, welcomed the guests on the occasion of the Day of Russia.

Below: Among the guests were the Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria Mrs. Iliana Yotova, the Minister of Energy Mrs. Temenuzhka Petkova, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Mr. Krassimir Karakachanov, the Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria Mr. Ognian Zlatev, the ambassador of the State of Palestine and the doyen of the diplomatic corps in Bulgaria H. E. Dr. Ahmed Al Madbuh, the Ambassador of the Republic of India H. E. Mrs. Pooja Kapur. Mrs. Stanka Shopova, Chair of the "Sustainable Development" Foundation for Bulgaria, received the Friendship Order. The Brass Orchestra of the Academy of the Ministry of Interior contributed to the pleasant atmosphere of the evening.