Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun a visit to Mongolia. He will take part in celebrations on the occasion of the anniversary of the victory on Khalkhin Gol, as well as hold official meetings with the leadership of Mongolia. The heads of state intend to discuss expansion of cooperation and conclude a permanent treaty of friendship, RIA Novosti reports.
Putin arrived in Ulan Bator from the Irkutsk region, where he met with flood victims and got acquainted with the course of restoration work. The victory at Khalkhin Gol over the Japanese army, achieved by the joint efforts of the Soviet and Mongolian units, is an important page in the history of both countries. An extensive anniversary celebration program has been prepared in Mongolia.
Russkiy Mir reported that during the meeting Vladimir Putin and Khaltmaagiin Battulga would discuss issues of mutually beneficial partnership between the countries and sign a friendship agreement. In 2019, trade between countries grew by 21% compared to the previous year. The parties will also discuss joint projects in the field of energy, transport and education.
Earlier, Putin expressed his intention to invite his Mongolian colleague to the celebrations dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. It is assumed that during the bilateral meeting, the leader of Mongolia will confirm his arrival in Moscow in May 2020. The theme of Victory will be touched upon within the framework of the current visit, which included a ceremony of laying flowers at the monument to Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov with the participation of both leaders.