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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has started his official visit to Mongolia, meeting with his Mongolian counterpart Lundeg Purevsuren in the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar.

    ULAANBAATAR (Sputnik) – A key event during Lavrov's visit will be the signing of a medium-term program for the development of Russia-Mongolia strategic partnership.

    "I am glad to have an opportunity to visit Ulaanbaatar again, I was here on a visit ten years ago, visited twice with a delegation of the Russian president. The rich experience of our cooperation is based on close ties in the economic and humanitarian spheres," Lavrov said on Thursday.

    The Russian foreign minister is also set to meet with Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg during his visit to Ulaanbaatar.

    Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified a law to write off Mongolia’s $174-million debt to Russia. The debt was a major hurdle for deeper cooperation between the two countries.

    Sergei Lavrov, Mongolia, Russia
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