Comment by the Information and Press Department on the upcoming visit by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Damdin Tsogtbaatar
On May 16-17, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Damdin Tsogtbaatar will make a working visit to Russia, during which he will hold talks with the Foreign Minister of Russia. Sergey Lavrov and Damdin Tsogtbaatar will discuss Russian-Mongolian relations and their further development in the context of implementing the Mid-Term Programme for the Promotion of the Strategic Partnership between the Russian Federation and Mongolia, signed in Ulaanbaatar in April 2016. The officials will discuss current regional and global issues, as well as the key aspects of bilateral interaction at the leading multilateral organisations.
Relations with Mongolia are among Russia’s foreign policy priorities. Russian-Mongolian relations have been traditionally neighbourly and multifaceted. They are based on a long shared history of friendship, economic and cultural cooperation, as well as similar approaches to current international and regional issues.
Our strong desire to promote bilateral cooperation has been sealed in many fundamental Russian-Mongolian documents, including the joint Declaration of 2009 and the Mid-Term Programme for the Promotion of the Strategic Partnership.
Overall, we are satisfied with the development of our political dialogue and the growth of ties between our parliaments, security councils, foreign and other ministries, as well as between our regional governments and political parties. We intend to promote their further development.
The introduction in 2014 of visa-free travel between the two countries has helped invigorate these exchanges, primarily at the border and regional levels.
Despite a difficult situation in the global economy, both sides are demonstrating an effort to look for effective forms and mechanisms to increase trade and economic cooperation. Among other things, this includes the development of new joint projects in energy, mining, transport infrastructure and a number of other areas. Prospects for the practical implementation of these projects were discussed in detail at the 21st meeting of the Russian-Mongolian Intergovernmental Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, held in Moscow in February 2018.
Mongolia’s new Government, which was formed in October 2017, is giving priority attention to developing cooperation with Russia and to promoting the entire range of bilateral ties.
Mongolia-EAEU cooperation is acquiring special importance. The parties support the efforts by the joint Working Group on Interaction between the EEC and the Government of Mongolia, aimed at facilitating the mutual access of goods to Mongolian and EAEU markets and possibly signing a free trade agreement.
The Russia-Mongolia-China mechanism launched at the first trilateral summit on September 11, 2014 in Dushanbe is becoming increasingly important. The implementation of the roadmap for cooperation between the three countries and other joint documents adopted on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Ufa on July 9, 2015, as well as the Programme for the Creation of the Russia-Mongolia-China Economic Corridor signed in Tashkent in June 2016, is designed to create conditions for intensifying mutually beneficial trilateral ties.
We see good prospects for strengthening cooperation in a more active involvement of Mongolia in the practical work performed by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), where Mongolia is an observer state.