Source: President of Russia – The Kremlin – English
The message reads, in part:
“This week St Petersburg has become the capital of world motor sport. Delegates from national federations, clubs and sports associations, renowned champions and coaches have gathered here to hold a constructive discussion on FIA performance, discuss professional issues and make plans for the future.
I believe it is symbolic that the FIA General Assembly week was held in Russia this year. Motor sport is on the rise in Russia. We have hosted very successfully major international competitions such as the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Silk Way Rally, in which our racers performed very well.
I am confident that the FIA General Assembly will be held in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and will allow for exchanging experience and coordinating common approaches to the development of the motor sport and the automobile industry and to enhancing road safety.
We have especially warm words for the winners of prestigious competitions, who will take part in the FIA Prize Giving Gala today. You are the cream of the racing crop. I wholeheartedly congratulate you on your victories.”