Hungary: Putin meets Mongolian President following World Championship opening ceremony

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Mongolian counterpart Khaltmaagiin Battulga, following the opening ceremony of the 2017 World Judo Championships, in Budapest, Monday. Putin expressed that he was «very glad» to meet Battulga, noting that «we know you both as a politician and a good athlete.» The Russian president went on to commend Mongolia-Russia relations, noting that «it is... Еще already clear that the trend in trade is good. While last year it fell by 20 percent, in the first half year of 2017, it grew by over 34 percent.» He went on to add the leaders of the two countries «will have an opportunity to speak about them in more detail in Vladivostok,» which the Mongolian president is expected to attend. In turn, Battulga echoed Putin's sentiments, noting that he was pleased to meet Putin on the sidelines of the World Judo Championships, saying that «it is great that we are meeting at this event because it is something we are both interested in and fond of. I believe it will serve us well in the future.»

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