Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mongolia Brief September 3, 2014 Part I

Who is included in Putin's group?
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 3 (MONTSAME) The President of the Russian Federation Mr Vladimir Putin is to start the working visit to Mongolia on Wednesday at the invitation of Mongolia's leader Ts.Elbegdorj.

As expected, the Russian President will be accompanied by Mr Sergei Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Yury Trutnev, a Deputy PMr; Alexander Galushka, the Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East; and Alexander Novak, the Minister of Energy.
In addition to them, here will be Oleg Deripaska, CEO of United Company RUSAL; Kirill Dmitriev, a general director of the Russian Direct Investment Fund; Igor Sechin, an Executive Chairman of the Rosneft; and Vladimir Yakunin, a president of the Russian Railways Company.

Russian news agency about forthcoming visit of Putin
By Enkhbileg
Ulaanbaatar, September 3 (MONTSAME) The Russian ITAR TASS news agency gives following highlight to Mr Putin's working visit to Mongolia. The article is named "Putin in Mongolia to reach agreement on abrogation of visas"
His visit is timed to coincide with the historic date--the 75th anniversary of the victory on the Khalkin-Gol River, the Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said. "A sizeable package of documents for signature has been prepared for the visit. There will be 13 of them and the most significant is an Agreement on terms for reciprocal travel of citizens, that is, the introduction of a visa-free regime".
Ushakov recalled that the visa-free regime had been suspended by the Mongolian side in 1994. The present decision, in his view, "will give an additional impetus to the development of mutually beneficial business, cultural and tourism contacts". Yet another important document to be signed during the visit is an Agreement between the Russian Railways Company (RZD) and the Mongolian Ministry of Roads and Transport on strategic partnership in the modernization and development of the Ulaanbaatar  Railway, Ushakov pointed out.
The documents prepared for signing also include an Agreement on the establishment of a trans-border wildlife reserve "The Source of the Amur River", a Protocol on technical military assistance to Mongolia free of charge, an Agreement on readmission, an Agreement on cooperation between the Ministries of Justice, a Memorandum on the development of trade-and-economic relations, a Memorandum on mutual understanding between Aeroflot and "MIAT"-Mongolian Airlines, and an Agreement between Rosneft petroleum company and the Mongolian Ministry of Education and Science on the training of Mongolians in the Rosneft partner institutions of higher learning.
Talks between Putin and Mongolia's President Tsakhiagiyn Elbegdorj will precede a documents signing ceremony. "The sides will hold business talks with an emphasis on the economy," the Kremlin official said. He emphasized that Moscow is dissatisfied with how economic cooperation between Russia and Mongolia is proceeding. Ushakov pointed out, "Cooperation in trade-and-economic sphere is developing too calmly of late, even with a certain negative trend, although Russia still ranks second in Mongolia's foreign trade after China".
Ushakov said that trade turnover had been declining recently: in 2013 it decreased by almost 16%, down to $1.6 billion and by another 13% in the first half of 2014. The Kremlin associates such dynamics with a contraction of deliveries of petroleum products, machinery and equipment.
"The sides are expected actively to discuss this state of affairs and the Presidents are to assign their governments to prepare a kind of 'roadmap' on the development and deepening of cooperation," Ushakov said. He pointed out that the roadmap "will direct both sides to step up and widrn trade-and-economic contacts, and to launch new joint projects".
On Wednesday afternoon, the Russian and Mongolian leaders will attend a ceremonial function dedicated to one of major events in the common history of Russia and Mongolia. The Battle of Khalkin-Gol had been fought in in the period from May to September of 1939. At that time Soviet and Mongolian troops routed the forces of Japan's Kwantung army that had invaded the Mongolian People's Republic. The Soviet-Mongolian victory made it possible to uphold the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Mongolia, and exerted a substantial influence on Japan's decision not to enter the war against the USSR on the side of Nazi Germany.
Ushakov specified that Putin would lay flowers at the monument to Marshal Georgy Zhukov, who commanded the 1st army group which participated in the fighting in the area of Khalkin-Gol River, and visit Marshal Zhukov's house museum.
The upcoming trip will be Putin's third one. In 2000 he visited that country in his capacity of president and held talks with its leader and nine years later as Head of Government.
The President of the Russian Federation will arrive in Ulaanbaatar from Amur Region where he inspected the Vostochny (eastern) space port and a section of the Chita-Khabarovsk motor road.

FM meets president of Japan-Mongolia Society
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 3 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold Tuesday received a delegation headed by Mr Junichi Yoshida, the president of the Japan-Mongolia Society.
Mr Bold expressed a satisfaction with that the Mongolia-Japan mutual trust is strengthening and the relations and cooperation are being forwarded to the strategic partnership. He said the visit of Mongolia’s President to Japan gave impetus to our bilateral ties, especially to the economic relations.
In response, Mr Yoshida thanked the FM for receiving him and said he will do all his best to develop the Mongolia-Japan ties.
The society’s leader in Hitotsubashi district Yo.Shimoyamada said the society, marking its 50th anniversary, is rendering assistance to the UB city’s 18th secondary school. 
The sides noted that initiatives and proposals of the two countries’ public organizations and the friendship between the two peoples have been playing an importance role in boosting of the bilateral cooperation, and agreed that it is needed to work together on fortifying a basis of the strategic partnership.
Founded in 1964, the Japan-Mongolia Society is the oldest organization among other friendship organizations, it significantly contributed to establishing the bilateral diplomatic relations in 1972. 

Veteran of Khalkh Gol Battle bestowed the Gold Star
September 3 ( On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of victory of the Battles at Khalkh Gol, President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj bestowed veterans of the Khalkh Gol Battle with state honors and titles today, September 3rd.
Veteran P.Shagdarsuren was honored with the Gold Star, Order of Sukhbaatar and title of Hero of Mongolia for his role and merit, devoting his life to defending the country's independence, in the fight for sovereignty in the 1939 Battles of Khalkh Gol.
President Ts.Elbegdorj also bestowed Khalkh Gol veteran B.Saaraldai with the Order of Sukhbaatar, Sh.Bagaajav and S.Lkhamjav with the Mongolian Order of Military Glory, and G.Batmunkh and Ts.Chimedtseren with the Order of the Red Banner of Labor Merit.

V.Putin's flight delayed
September 3 ( Russian President V.Putin's flight scheduled to land today at 12:40 p.m. was delayed.  The plane is supposed to land at Chinggis Khaan Airport at 2:00 p.m. today, an hour later than its scheduled time. 
Putin’s flight delayedMontsame, September 3

Working group set up for “Steppe road” project
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 3 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar gave a report on a course of the “Steppe road” project at irregular cabinet meeting held Tuesday.
After the report, the cabinet set up a working group in charge of the project under leadership of the Minister of Economic Development and gave him concrete obligations.

President of Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin Arrives in Mongolia
September 3 ( Upon the invitation of the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin and accompanying delegates have landed at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport with Moscow-Ulaanbaatar special charter flight at 02:30 pm on September 03, 2014.
Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhuyag, Foreign Minister L.Bold, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Russian Federation Sh.Altangerel and other officials welcomed the honored guests at the airport, where accompanying delegates of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin are:
- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov,
- Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, Yury Petrovich Trutnev,
- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Mongolia, Iskander Kubarovich Azizov,
- Minister of the Development of the Russian Far East, Alexander Sergeyevich Galushka,
- Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Sergey Yefimovich Donskoy,
- Minister of Justice, Alexander Vladimirovich Konovalov,
- Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services, Mikhail Aleksandrovich Menn,
- Minister of Energy, Alexander Valentinovich Novak,
- Minister of Regional Development, Igor Nikolayevich Slyunyayev,
- Minister of Transportation, Maksim Yurevich Sokolov,
- President of Russian Railways JSC (RZD), Vladimir Ivanovich Yakunin,
- Head (formerly President) of the Republic of Buryatia, Vyacheslav Vladimirovich Nagovitsyn,
- Chairman of the Government of Tuva (Tyva Republic), Sholban Valeryevich Kara-ool,
- Governor of Irkutsk Oblast, Sergey Vladimirovich Yeroshenko;
Afterwards, the official welcoming ceremony at Chinggis Square was hosted by the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj.
President of Russia arrivesMontsame, September 3
Putin lands in, September 3

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