Vladimir Putin Calls For Stronger Ties Between Russia, China, & Mongolia
Talks To Build Cooperation
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently called for Russia, China, and Mongolia to increase trilateral contacts and cooperate on joint projects in infrastructure, mining, and energy, Chinese-state media reported.
Putin's remarks were made during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's summit in Dushanbe.
Putin highlighted the geographic proximity of Mongolia, Russia, and China as a reason why trilateral cooperation between these countries makes sense.
"We have what to discuss with each other. Naturally, we deem it important, expedient and useful to start a permanent dialogue,” Putin stated, as he was quoted by media reports.
Furthermore, Putin acknowledged Mongolia's historical friendship towards both China and Russia. He mentioned that while China and Russia suffered during World War II, Mongolia actively partnered with them. Putin emphasized the importance of remembering these events and their relevance today.
The idea for a trilateral cooperation between Russia, China, and Mongolia originated from an August 2014 bilateral meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. Elbegdorj proposed the idea of a trilateral cooperation, which China promptly supported.
The two countries included the proposal for a trilateral cooperation with Russia in a joint declaration signed during Xi's visit to Mongolia.
With Putin's agreement, there should be little standing in the way of trilateral cooperation between these three countries. Putin has invited Xi Jinping and Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj to Russia for their first trilateral meeting next year, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Russia's victory in World War II.
For Mongolia, this trilateral initiative aligns with Elbegdorj's vision of becoming an activist country in global diplomacy. Despite making significant progress in cooperation with other countries, Mongolia has been unable to deepen its cooperation with Russia, China Daily , a Chinese-state linked media outlet noted.
Increasing cooperation with China and Russia, especially in the areas of infrastructure, mining, and energy, will help Mongolia become a more prominent player in Asian diplomacy.
In conclusion, Putin's call for increased trilateral cooperation between Russia, China, and Mongolia signifies a significant step towards closer ties between these countries.
The geographic proximity and shared history between the three nations make trilateral cooperation a logical choice. This trilateral initiative also supports Mongolia's aim of becoming more active in global diplomacy.
By expanding cooperation with China and Russia, Mongolia can continue to enhance its visibility in the Asian region and strengthen its diplomatic relations with key players.