14:36 GMT25 January 2021
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    The Russian foreign minister and his Mongolian counterpart exchanged congratulatory messages marking the 95th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between the two countries.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Mongolian counterpart Tsendiyn Munkh-Orgil exchanged on Saturday congratulatory messages marking the 95th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between the countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    "Both sides confirmed their striving for further boosting friendship, neighborhood, mutual respect and trust," the ministry said.

    The ministers also expressed confidence that the implementation of the mid-term program of strategic partnership signed in 2016 would contribute to intensifying bilateral cooperation and promote Russian-Mongolian ties in all spheres.

    Russia and Mongolia have almost a century-long history of friendly relations. Mongolia declared its independence from China in 1911 following the Xinhai revolution in China. In 1921, Russian White warlord Roman von Ungern-Sternberg helped to free the Mongolian capital of Urga from Chinese troops thus protecting the country’s independence. The same year, Mongolia witnessed a revolution that resulted in improving relations with Soviet Russia. In late 1930s – early 1940s, the countries joined their efforts resisting expansion of the Japanese Empire.

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