Russia, Mongolia celebrate 1939 defeat of Japan

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Before leaving Mongolia yesterday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (pictured) and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj memorialized fallen soldiers who defeated the Japanese imperial forces at Khalkhyn Gol in 1939. This was the final battle between Soviet and Mongolian forces and Japan along their border in 1938 and 1939. This week marked the 70th anniversary of that battle.

“The Soviet and Mongolian soldiers fought for the right cause,” the Agence France Presse quoted Medvedev as saying.

The news agency also interviewed 100-year-old Mongolian veteran Damdinzhav Tsagaan, who said: “I believe that our two countries will be united forever.”

The two presidents met earlier this week to discuss development of minerals and other resources in Mongolia.

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