Statements and speeches by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at the joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of Mongolia Nyamtseren Enkhtaivan, Moscow, September 21, 2020
Ladies and gentlemen,
We have held good talks with Foreign Minister of Mongolia Nyamtseren Enkhtaivan. We appreciate that this is his first foreign visit after being appointed to the position of foreign minister of our friendly neighbour.
We have just signed the protocols on completing the ratification of the Treaty on Friendly Relations and Comprehensive Strategic Partnership that was signed in September 2019 during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Ulaanbaatar. This treaty entered into force following today’s exchange of ratification credentials. I would like to note that it is for an indefinite duration; this is not common in diplomatic practice. I would even say it is rare. Our agreement on this aspect of the treaty points to the sustainability of our relations and the striving of our states, governments, presidents and nations to develop good neighborly cooperation in all areas.
Russia rates Mongolia’s contribution to the common effort to achieve Victory in World War II very highly. The participation of 75 Mongolian military personnel in the parade on Red Square in honour of the 75th anniversary of Victory confirms that this memory will last forever.
Today, we concentrated on the implementation of the agreements between our presidents in trade, the economy, humanitarian ties, transport and infrastructure. We reviewed preparations for a regular, 23rd meeting of the Russia-Mongolia Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, which will take place in November, probably via videoconference.
We discussed preparations for new events in the framework of trilateral cooperation between Russia, Mongolia and the PRC, including projects on railway transport and gas deliveries.
Russia supports Mongolia’s interest in establishing and developing contacts with the EAEU. We noted the importance of the upcoming round of talks in the Mongolia-EAEU study group format on the expediency of signing a free trade agreement.
Mr Foreign Minister plans to attend a meeting in the Eurasian Economic Commission, where these issues will be discussed in more detail.
Our countries closely cooperate in the world arena in the UN and the OSCE and in various multilateral formats in the Asia and Pacific regions. Today, we confirmed our policy of harmonising our positions and ensuring coordination. Our positions are close or identical on most issues. We also reviewed the prospects for Ulaanbaatar’s cooperation with the SCO.
We have developed cooperation on countering the coronavirus infection. We agreed to continue providing each other with assistance in this area and encourage cooperation between our health ministries and other related agencies.
We closely cooperate in education. In the past few years we have steadily increased the number of federally funded grants for Mongolian students at Russian universities. Now, about 3,000 Mongolian students study in Russia. Today we spoke about our intention to continue this cooperation and develop joint projects on support for the Russian language on the territory of our neighbour.
In general, today’s talks confirmed our reciprocal efforts to promote partnership in all areas without exception.
In conclusion, Mr Foreign Minister kindly invited me to visit Ulaanbaatar once again. I will plan to do this, with pleasure.