Vitaly Ignatenko

Former General Director of ITAR-TASS

Mr. President, today we have every reason to thank you for many years of fruitful and useful cooperation. Several generations of TASS journalists have always treated you with deep respect as Russia’s consistent and reliable friend and  as one of the most influential contemporary political leaders who has devoted his entire life to faithful service to his native people. You combine the wisdom of a statesman with wonderful human qualities and a caring attitude towards people. We know and highly appreciate your attentive, benevolent attitude towards journalists, and your willingness to always find time to meet with TASS correspondents and photojournalists. Your willingness to spare time for them helps shed light on Azerbaijan’s life in an operative, comprehensive, and profound way.