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March 6, 2019. Russia-Luxembourg talks

Dmitry Medvedev held talks with Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel.

Russia-Luxembourg talks

Excerpts from the transcript:

Xavier Bettel (via interpreter): Mr Prime Minister Medvedev, members of the delegation,

I would like to thank you for coming to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg after our meeting at the ASEM summit, which helps bring the continents closer together and promote relations between Luxembourg and Russia. Thank you very much for inviting me to Skolkovo where we discussed digitisation. We have here with us the Governor of the Tambov Region and members of our two governments, and we intend to continue maintaining trust-based relations and regular exchanges.

As we said yesterday, only dialogue will allow us to understand each other. My Government and I are committed to dialogue with the Russian Federation. Our countries have always had good bilateral relations. During yesterday’s visit to the museum, Ms Burgomaster spoke about our bilateral relations that began with the London Treaty and about Russia’s important role in the life of Luxembourg and in my own life.

It is very important for me to thank the Russian warriors, the soldiers who fought for our territory. We can live in freedom here. Other countries fought for us, too. I wanted to emphasise this because it means a lot to me not to forget about the sacrifices made by Russia during the Great Patriotic War and World War II.

Welcome, Mr Prime Minister and members of the delegation!

Dmitry Medvedev: Mr Prime Minister, colleagues.

Yesterday we discussed a wide range of subjects in detail. I think this is always useful and now we are holding the main round of talks. We have met many times, as you mentioned – we met at the ASEM summit in Brussels, held talks in Moscow in 2017 and met in Sochi. It has been very important for us to keep the pace of our relations in order to better understand each other.

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly wish you a happy birthday once again and congratulate you on your reappointment to the position of Prime Minister. I wish you success and President Vladimir Putin also sends his regards.

I think today we will be able to discuss not just our history. We have returned more than once to the issues of the London Treaty, our diplomatic relations and the future of our ties.

Today, there are both complications and prospects. I suggest we continue our discussion, primarily of economic issues. Naturally, we will also talk about other matters of common interest.

Documents signed following the talks:

- Joint Declaration of the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on cooperation in economic modernisation

Signed by: on behalf of Russia – Deputy Prime Minister, Russian Co-Chair of the Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation between Russia and the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union Tatyana Golikova; on behalf of Luxembourg – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Luxembourg Co-Chair of the Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation between Russia and the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union Etienne Schneider;

- Minutes of the Meeting of the Russian-Luxembourg Commission for Cultural Cooperation for 2019−2021

Signed by: on behalf of Russia – Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky; on behalf of Luxembourg – Minister of Culture Sam Tanson.

Source: Site of the Russian Governement