Dmitry Medvedev held talks with Prime Minister of Mongolia Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh.
Dmitry Medvedev: Mr Prime
Minister, welcome. This is your first visit to the Russian Federation as the
head of the Mongolian government. It has been nine years since a prime minister
of Mongolia officially visited our country. I remember well my own visits to
Mongolia, a visit in August 2009 and my participation in the 2016 ASEM Summit.
I would like to note that over a relatively short period of time, your country has
changed – at any rate, I can personally attest to this fact.
We consider Mongolia as a friendly country and our partner. We remember and value Mongolia’s help during the Great Patriotic War. In early September President Putin also paid an important visit to Mongolia that was related to a special historic date.
We will have an opportunity to discuss our cooperation with regard to economic, social and inter-regional issues. We are willing to discuss everything that our Mongolian friends find necessary. Once again, a warm welcome.
Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh (via interpreter): Thank you very much. Mr Prime Minister, I am also delighted to be in the Russian Federation on an official visit and this is an excellent opportunity to discuss our bilateral relations and cooperation.
It is also a pleasure for me to pass on the most sincere regards and very best wishes from President Khaltmaagiin Battulga to you personally.
The Mongolian and Russian peoples are bound by centuries of good-hearted and traditionally friendly relations. Nine years after the previous visit by our prime minister, I have the honour to pay an official visit to the Russian Federation, at your invitation. Nine years ago, Mr Batbold was the prime minister of Mongolia and it was his visit.
This year, we are celebrating a historic event, the 80th anniversary of our joint victory in the Battle of Khalkhin Gol. It is a proud moment in the common history of our countries. We are very grateful to President Putin for assigning this celebration a high priority and paying an official visit to our country. This is yet another indication that Russia highly values the friendship and the level of cooperation that it has with Mongolia, as well as the valiance of our troops and our armies.
The Mongolian and Russian peoples are the nations that have stood side by side helping each other both during the difficult time of war and during the years of peaceful construction.
Following President Putin’s visit to Mongolia, our bilateral ties and cooperation achieved the level of overarching strategic partnership.
The political relations between our countries and peoples have historically been at the highest possible level. However, over the past years, our trade and economic cooperation has significantly declined. I think both parties need to keep working on promoting and intensifying our ties in trade and the economy. When it comes to stepping up our bilateral trade and economic relations, a very important role belongs to the Mongolia-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic and Scientific Cooperation.
Agreement between the Government of the Russian
Federation and the Government of Mongolia on cooperation in electric power
Signed by: Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak and Minister of Energy of Mongolia Tserenpil Davaasuren
Exchange of notes on the completion of domestic
procedures required for the enforcement of:
- Agreement between the Russian Federation and Mongolia on amendments to the Trade Agreement between the Soviet Union and Mongolia of 17 December, 1957
- Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Mongolia on the promotion of inter-regional and cross-border cooperation
Cooperation plan between the Russian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia for 2020–2022
Signed by: Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Igor Morgulov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Damdin Tsogtbaatar
Agreement between the Russian Ministry of Transport
and the Ministry of Road and Transport Development of Mongolia on the training
of Mongolian citizens in railway professions and other areas of training
Signed by: First Deputy Minister of Transport of Russia Innokenty Alafinov and Minister of Road and Transport Development of Mongolia Byambasuren Enkh-Amgalan
Memorandum of social and labour cooperation between
the Russian Ministry of Labour and Social Protection and the Ministry of Labour
and Social Protection of Mongolia
Signed by: Russian Minister of Labour and Social Protection Maxim Topilin and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Damdin Tsogtbaatar
Cooperation Programme between the Russian Ministry of
Justice and the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs of Mongolia for 2020–2021
Signed by: Russian Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Damdin Tsogtbaatar
Memorandum of cooperation between the Russian Ministry
of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry
Signed by: Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Alexander Morozov and Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia Chultem Ulaan
Agreement on cooperation to support Russian-Mongolian
trade between Russian Export Centre (REC) and Trade and Development Bank of
Signed by: General Director of Russian Export Centre Andrei Slepnyov and President of Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia Balbar Medree
Cooperation agreement between Zarubezhgeologiya and Erdenet
Mining Corporation SOE in geological, geophysical and engineering exploration
Signed by: General Director, Chairman of the Management Board of Rosgeologia Sergei Gorkov and General Director of Erdenet Mining Corporation SOE Khookhor Badamsuren
Agreement between Russian Railways International and Ulaanbaatar
Railway (UBTZ) for the provision of technology consulting services to the Tavantolgoi-Zuunbayan
Signed by: Acting Director General of Russian Railways International Sergei Stolyarov and Chairman of Ulaanbaatar Railway Damdinsuren Jigjidnyamaa
Memorandum of strategic partnership between UZTM –
KARTEX management company and Erdenes Mongol
Signed by: Director General of UZTM KARTEX Management Company Yan Tsenter and Chief Executive Officer of Erdenes Mongol Purevjav Gankhuu
Memorandum of cooperation between Russkaya Kozha group
and Mongolian Agricultural Commodity
Exchange on trade and supply of leather rawstock
Signed by: General Manager of Russkaya Kozha Andrei Nizov and Mongolian Agricultural Commodity Exchange CEO Khorloo Baatar
Memorandum of understanding between the Far East and
Baikal Region Development Fund and Ochir Gegeen Sunder LLC
Signed by: Chief Executive Officer of the Far East and Bailal Region Development Fund Alexei Chekunkov and Ochir Gegeen Sunder CEO Ganbaatar Ochir
Excerpts from the transcript:
Dmitry Medvedev: Good afternoon, media members,
I would like to begin by thanking my colleague, Prime Minister of Mongolia Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh for a substantive and engaged conversation covering all areas of our cooperation, which took place in a trust-based atmosphere that has been the hallmark of Russian-Mongolian relations for many decades now.
Our cooperation relies on many years of friendship, close ties in the economic and cultural spheres, and shared approaches to many international and regional matters.
Our countries are important trade and economic partners. It is gratifying to know that bilateral trade numbers have been steadily increasing since 2017. The mutual trade showed growth in 2017, 2018 and 2019; this year, it is up by approximately 13-14 percent as compared with the same period in 2018.
This does not mean that we have done all there is to do, though. There is plenty that can be done to promote our relations. I have agreed with the prime minister on starting new investment projects and improving existing ones. In particular, we discussed the Ulaanbaatar Railway (UBZD) which is the flagship of our cooperation. We can use it as a basis for building new transport corridors and increasing regional goods traffic. The conditions are right for doing so. We just need to make the effort.
We hope we will continue to upgrade thermal power plants in the Mongolian capital. An agreement on cooperation in electric power generation has just been signed and will be used to guarantee non-discriminatory access to technologies, to ensure reliable power supply, and to work in other areas. Intergovernmental agreements on amendments to the 1957 Trade Agreement have come into force today and will make it possible to open a Mongolian trade office in Vladivostok. There is also cooperation in the manufacturing industry, aircraft manufacturing, and interaction in the area of peaceful use of nuclear energy. We had a brief exchange of views and will continue discussing the most important areas of cooperation after the ceremony is over.
We have good relations in the cultural sphere, primarily, education, which we just mentioned. We have been training personnel for Mongolia for over 90 years now, with over 60,000 Mongolians receiving training at Soviet and then Russian universities during this period.
About 3,000 Mongol students are studying at our universities. The prime minister was correct when he said that this might be the most important investment. One of the largest scholarship quotas is allocated annually to Mongolia and it is constantly expanding. Excellent mutual understanding is further promoted by the fact that Mongolia is among the countries that have the world's largest number of people studying the Russian language. Of course, we find this both important and gratifying.
As regards our cultural contacts, Days of Mongolian Culture are held in Russian cities and Days of Russian-Mongolian Friendship are held in Mongolia, so things look good here as well.
We discussed several issues of international cooperation. I am confident that today's talks will give an additional boost to bilateral relations. The talks have not ended yet, and we will continue them now.
Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh (via interpreter): Mr Medvedev, colleagues, media members,
My official visit to the Russian Federation is very successful. Today, Prime Minister Medvedev and I held talks in a businesslike, friendly and very open atmosphere. We exchanged views on a wide range of issues and reached specific and important decisions.
As proven by our military partnership and challenges of the time, the traditional historical relations between our countries are based on trust. In September 2019, President of Russia Vladimir Putin paid an official visit to Mongolia on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of victory in the Battles of Khalkhyn Gol. A Treaty on Friendly Relations and Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was signed between Mongolia and the Russian Federation during this visit. Thus, relations between our countries reached a new level. The governments of our countries will cooperate to promote a comprehensive strategic partnership between Mongolia and Russia.
During the visit, we exchanged views on a wide range of issues pertaining to Mongolia-Russia relations, including trade and economic cooperation. In particular, we brought our positions closer on a number of important issues such as modernising the joint UBZD company, increasing its profitability, and Russia's participation in new railway construction projects in Mongolia, as well as working through new mutually beneficial projects. We also agreed to expand cooperation in agriculture and oil product supplies and to continue cooperation in education, culture, and scientific research. I also believe that resolving the first part of the issue with Russian real property in Mongolia, which has remained unresolved for many years, was an undisputable success. Thus, over 500 Mongolian and Russian families have finally resolved their housing problems. We are pleased that Russia supports the project to build a gas pipeline from Russia to China across Mongolia. I believe this project has been effectively launched today.
Our countries enjoy close defence cooperation, and we agreed to continue this traditional interaction into the future. We also agreed to continue to cooperate in agriculture and agricultural supplies, and boost our expansive efforts in his area. Once again, we expressed our willingness to sign a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union. I hope Russia will support us.
Notably, this visit is rich in events and has been constructive. Many documents on cooperation were signed, which, undoubtedly, will enrich it. Mr Medvedev, thank you very much for your warm hospitality extended to our delegation. I look forward to our cooperation bringing us prosperity and growth.