President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister, friends, please allow me to warmly welcome you.
Just recently, we had the opportunity and pleasure to speak with the President of Mongolia during his visit to attend the celebrations of Victory in the Great Patriotic War on May 9.
Mongolia is certainly one of our key partners in Asia. We have many joint projects. Granted, the course of events in the global and Russian economy has had an impact on our cooperation, but I am confident that this is temporary.
I am happy for this opportunity to talk with you concerning the full spectrum of our relations.
Prime Minister of Mongolia Chimed Saikhanbileg: Thank you, Mr President.
We say in Mongolia, “If a guest arrives with the rain, he should have an open and kind heart.” I hope that this will be true of me today.
First of all, I want to express my gratitude for this opportunity to participate in the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, because this forum, in and of itself, is a platform not just to address the Russian Federation’s economic issues, but those of the entire global community.
I also want to congratulate you on the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory. It was also highly significant for us that representatives from our armed forces participated in the parade on Red Square.
Today’s meeting, which follows your meeting with our President, will provide new momentum for cooperation between our two nations.
Thank you very much.