I congratulate you on the opening of the III Winter Military World Games!

During its short history, this competition, held under the auspices of the International Military Sports Council, has become a powerful stimulus for the development of partnership relations, building trust and understanding between the armed forces of different countries.

This year’s contest brought to Sochi the best servicemen athletes from countries in Europe and Asia, who will not only demonstrate their skills, but will also learn from the useful experience of their opponents in an honest and uncompromising contest.

I am sure that the competitors will go through the trials honorably, will confirm the high professionalism, will show a strong team spirit and a will to win.

I wish to the servicemen-athletes successful performances, new records and big victories, and to the audience – vivid and unforgettable impressions.

Sergey Shoygu