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Medvedev arrives in Mongolia

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, on Tuesday on a two-day visit.

ULAN BATOR, August 25 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, on Tuesday on a two-day visit.

His visit will start with a meeting with his Mongolian counterpart Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj during which a range of bilateral deals are expected to be signed, including a declaration on the development of strategic cooperation between Russia and Mongolia.

Later on Tuesday, the Russian leader will meet with Mongolian Prime Minister Sanjaagiin Bayar and national assembly representatives.

"The sides will discuss ways to assure the stable growth of bilateral turnover, which was over $1.3 billion last year," Kremlin aide Sergei Prikhodko told journalists.

He also said that Mongolia was interested in a discussion of Siberian farm production and an increase in bilateral agricultural cooperation.

Medvedev is accompanied on his visit by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the heads of a range of companies, including state-controlled civilian nuclear power corporation Rosatom, Russian Technologies (Rostekhnologii), and Russian Railways (RZD).

Russian Railways has pledged to modernize and build railways in Mongolia in return for development licenses for the Central Asian state's largest deposits, the Tavan Tolgoi coal deposit and the Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper field.

The second day of his visit will see Medvedev attend traditional Mongolian sporting festivities. He will also participate in events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, where Soviet and Mongolian forces defeated the invading Japanese Kwantung Army in August 1939.

 

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