Dear friends,

I am greeting you on the opening of the 3rd Winter Military World Games.

I should note that the honor of carrying out this demanding and outstanding event fairly fell to Russia. Our country is rightly proud of established military sports traditions. Russia has extensive experience in the organization of such prestigious international competitions. Let alone, the Games are held in Sochi, where the most modern, high-tech sports infrastructure is.

Within a few days, the best army athletes from many countries will have to demonstrate not only sports skills but also the qualities that are particularly important for the military–the ability to act quickly, smoothly, precisely, as they say, one step ahead.

I am sure that the 3rd Winter Military World Games will be held at a high level and once again confirm its motto—Friendship Through Sport! And of course, the Games will make a sizable contribution to strengthening the partnership between our countries.

I wish you success and good luck! Let the best men win.

Vladimir Putin