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    SERGIYEV POSAD (Moscow region), February 3 (RIA Novosti correspondent Olga Lipich) - "Russia's future and its position in Europe are inseparable of the civilizational, cultural and spiritual traditions, which are rooted in our country's history," Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said at the opening of the 8th world Russian people's congress.

    "However, the development of Orthodox Christianity is unthinkable outside the global context, where the most important issues of our foreign policy are addressed now," emphasized Mr Ivanov.

    The era of globalization opens unprecedented opportunities for economic, scientific and technological progress, for exchanges in information, cultural and spiritual values. Yet, globalization threatens the diversity of the world and national identity, which may dissolve in pop culture, noted the minister.

    "The preservation of spiritual and cultural identity is, therefore, one of the imperatives of this era to Russia," said Mr Ivanov.

    Being located on the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Russia pursues its foreign policy in different directions. "Russia's foreign policy is aimed at unifying, rather than separating, the western and eastern civilizations, at attaining the Christian ideal of unity in diversity," Mr Ivanov said emphatically.

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