President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister,
Welcome. I am very glad to meet with you again.
Our relations have been developing consistently and steadily. Last year, trade grew by 21 percent, and by another 15 over the first 8–9 months of this year. In addition, our relations continue to diversify, and this is a good sign. They cover engineering, agriculture, mineral fertiliser and, of course, energy. Gazprom has begun to supply liquefied natural gas. Rosneft covers 80 percent of the demand for oil products. Electricity is supplied, too. Agriculture plays an important role in our bilateral trade.
Speaking about energy, we have good opportunities for development, including with third countries. And, of course, Mr Prime Minister, we are ready to promote Mongolia’s dialogue with the Eurasian Economic Union. I know that our Mongolian friends are interested in this dialogue.
I know you have a busy programme in Russia. I am sure that your visit will help develop our bilateral relations.
Prime Minister of Mongolia Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh (retranslated): Thank you, Mr President.
I am very glad to have the chance to meet with you again today.
I would like to pass on the sincerest and warmest greetings from President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga.
I would also like to tell you that Mongolians are very pleased that you attached such importance to the local celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the joint victory in the Battle of Khalkhin Gol and went to Mongolia on an official visit to pay tribute to that historical deed of our fathers and grandfathers.
We are also grateful that, following your visit, the status of Russian-Mongolian relations was upgraded to that of friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership. I am pleased to tell you that recently our parliament, the State Great Khural, ratified this treaty on friendly relations and comprehensive strategic partnership.
I fully agree with your opinion that our countries and peoples have enjoyed traditionally friendly relations for many years. In addition, soon we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our diplomatic relations. I am glad to have the chance to come to Russia on an official visit as Prime Minister of Mongolia on the eve of this important occasion.
Two days ago, I had very fruitful and successful talks with Dmitry Medvedev. We discussed a wide range of issues related to our bilateral relations and cooperation. We coordinated our positions on several issues that had been waiting for a decision for a very long time. During our talks with the Prime Minister of Russia, we discussed issues related to our countries’ cooperation in energy, oil product supplies, gas pipeline construction and other strategic areas of our bilateral relations and cooperation. Of course, we also discussed the further development of our ties in humanitarian areas, in culture and education.
Following my visit, 12 documents were signed, which will serve as the further legal basis for our cooperation. These documents were concluded between our governments, agencies and private companies.
Mongolians respect and remember well that Russians have always cared, supported and helped us during the dark years of our history due to our friendly relations.
I would also like to note that recently the Russian-Mongolian Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation has been working more actively and fruitfully.