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The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council session.

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Mikhail Mishustin’s conversation with Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan Kohir Rasulzoda

Mikhail Mishustin: We are sincerely delighted to receive you and your colleagues in the Russian Federation and in hospitable Kazan in connection with your status as a guest at a session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. First of all, I would like to ask you to convey warm greetings and best wishes to President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon from President Vladimir Putin and, of course, on my own behalf. I would also like to wish you a very happy holy Muslim month of Ramadan. The Republic of Tajikistan is our traditional strategic partner and ally in Central Asia. Our relations have always been based on the principles of friendship, mutual respect and fraternity. We are sincerely interested in elevating them to a new level and imbuing them with new promising joint projects. Russia ranks among Tajikistan’s leading foreign trade partners. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has affected our trade and economic activities. As of late 2020, bilateral trade volumes plunged by 15 percent; but we expect to restore bilateral trade through joint efforts. I hope that members of the Intergovernmental Commission whose Russian section is headed by Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk will do a good job, so that we can reinstate and even exceed earlier mutual trade parameters. We are implementing major joint projects in the field of energy, industry and the agro-industrial sector. The Russian Government prioritises joint efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic. We have provided Tajikistan with mobile laboratories and test systems, and we have organized medical missions involving Russian epidemiologists. We help each other. We are using the relevant mobile app called Traveling without COVID-19 within the Eurasian Economic Union. This simple and technologically sound app allows users to enter the Russian Federation after they have confirmed they have been vaccinated. And we believe that this gives us an opportunity for simplifying mutual traffic between our countries, and that this is also a good technological platform. I am also ready to discuss our joint projects and new ideas with you. Mr Rasulzoda, you have the floor.

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