THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF MONGOLIA, PUBLIC RELATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

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2014-09-03




SPEECH BY PRESIDENT OF MONGOLIA TSAKHIAGIIN ELBEGDORJ AT AN HONORARY RECEPTION HOSTED FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION VLADIMIR PUTIN



Your Excellency Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovich,
Esteemed guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I extend my greetings and wish a pleasant stay on Your Visit to Mongolia, Your Excellency President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Your accompanying delegation.
You have visited Mongolia as the President of the Russian Federation and also as the Head of the Government of the Russian Federation a few years ago, thus You know my country well and are a close friend to my people.

Vladimir Vladimirovich, the people and the government of Mongolia are sincerely happy to welcome and host You and many our Russian friends, accompanying You, in Mongolia.

These days Mongolia is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Battles on the River Khalkhyn Gol, one of the key historic events of the 20th century, which played a decisive role in securing the independence of Mongolia and strengthening the freedom of the Mongolian people. We are celebrating this anniversary nationwide, together with the people, veterans, army and the envoys of friendship of Russia. The presence and participation of the President of the Russian Federation in the celebration of this Anniversary testifies how highly the government and people of Russia value this historic date. Your Excellency Vladimir Vladimirovich, I extent my sincere congratulations and greetings for the Victory to You and our Russian friends and convey the hearty gratitude on behalf of the people of Mongolia.

At this juncture, I also extend my earnest gratitude to the Governments, veterans, army personnel, governmental and non-governmental organizations, joint ventures, scholars and to the widest circle of public and youth organizations of Mongolia and Russia for your enthusiasm and hard work in undertaking the numerous events within the confines of celebrating this historic event.

The Battle in the eastern border area of Mongolia at river Khalkhyn Gol seventy five years ago was a precursor to a world war. On the battlefields of this undeclared war were revealed the outstanding generalship and other talents and skills of the legendary hero of the Great Patriotic War, Marshall of the USSR G. K. Jukov and other remarkable commanders, generals and combat leaders. Generations of Mongolians have deeply respected and honored Marshall Jukov, and the vivid manifestation of this affection and respect was conferring the title of the Hero of Mongolia to Marshall G. K. Jukov on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Victory in the Battles on the River Khalkhyn Gol.

As time goes on, the historic significance of this historic victory shall further liven up. This victory further strengthened the independence and territorial integrity of Mongolia and sealed the friendship between Mongolian and Russian peoples with strong bonds of the war fraternity. This victory prevented the threat of a war in the far-eastern frontiers of the USSR and precluded a danger of concurrent-at-two-fronts fights. And this is an irrefutable historical truth.

The Battles on the River Khalkhyn Gol ended with our common victory. Our victory in this war demonstrated to the world the power of friendship. We will remember and honor for all times the help of the Russian people at times of hardship, the thousands of sons and daughters of Russia who gave their lives for the independence of Mongolia.

Today I conferred the highest title, State honors and orders to 38 heroes of the war, now veterans, so few left today. Among the awarded is veteran Puntsagiin Shagdarsuren, who was conferred the title of the Hero of Mongolia today. Shagdarsuren guai is a heroic Mongol soldier, who at the age of 21 became a regiment commander by the order of legendary commander Jukov and fought many battles fearlessly in the fields of eastern Mongolia. The honorable Hero of Mongolia Shagdarsuren guai is present today at this reception along with his other veteran-friends. Dear veterans, I extend my sincere greetings for the common victory.

The friendship bonded with battle-field fraternity was further strengthened during the years of the Great Patriotic War and the 1945 Liberation War, the days, months and years of fight for life or death. During the Great Patriotic War the people of Mongolia worked day and night and was a reliable back for the front under a universal call “All for the front, all for the Victory”. Mongolians saved everything they had and afforded for the Soviet people and the Red Army. Mongolian people collected and sent a half-a-million-head herd of the best horses, more than a half-a-million tons of meat and meat products. The volume of our people’s aid was comparable with the aid of the allied forces on Land-lease.

The archived historical accounts evince that the Soviet army forces in the counter-strike at Moscow were supplied in full with fur coats, hats, gloves and felt boots sent by the Mongolian people. Every fifth army-coat produced in the USSR during the years of the Great Patriotic War was made with Mongol sheep wool.

During the years of the War, Mongolia was the only country to supply tungsten, the most important strategic raw material, to the USSR. Two tungsten mines of Mongolia were mined days and nights in those days. Without tungsten, an important raw material in a war time, it was impossible to produce bullets to penetrate through the tanks, armor and reinforcement of the enemy.

We all know well of the aviation squadron and the tank brigade, formed with the funds collected by the people of Mongolia, which reached Berlin. I am pleased to note that one third of the total aid the USSR received from abroad during the years of the Great Patriotic War came from Mongolia, were created with the means, hard work and warm heart of the Mongolian people.

Drawing this example, I would like to call our peoples to work hard, as our senior generations did, to achieve new records of success and to further strengthen our friendship and cooperation. Mongolia and Russia share not only borders and history, but we also have a common destiny, common future. We have a lot of work to do together in aspiring a brighter future.

We have a saying in Mongolia “A book is good for reading, and a friend – for meeting”. So we have met and have discussed the content and ways to resolve and realize many important issues on expanding and advancing our bilateral relations and cooperation. I am very glad that our talks proceeded in an open, constructive and productive atmosphere. I am fully confident that Your current visit to Mongolia shall make a weighty contribution to expanding and advancing the traditional, strategic, friendly relations between our two countries.

Mongolia stands ready and committed to consistently expanding the scales and magnitude of cooperation with the Russian Federation at all fronts and domains. I have no doubt that the agreements and documents of cooperation we signed today between our governments, ministries, agencies and companies shall make substantive contributions to deepening our cooperation.

May the eternal friendship of the peoples of Mongolia and Russia flourish.
May the traditional, friendly, special relations of our two countries strengthen.