On 24 January 2005, Archbishop Simon of Brussels and Belgium with diocesan clergy conducted a ceremonial order of blessing the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Brussels and the Russian Mission at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

After the prayerful service Archbishop Simon addressed his compatriots with a greeting speech and wished them God's help in their work for the welfare of their Motherland.

Vadim Loukov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in Belgium, and Konstantin Totsky, Representative of Russia at the NATO, attended the divine service.