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Official visit to Luxembourg of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev

Published Wednesday March 06 2019


At the invitation of the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, paid an official visit to Luxembourg from 5 to 6 March 2019.

Upon his arrival at the Luxembourg airport, Dmitry Medvedev was welcomed with military honours. In the evening, he was hosted by Xavier Bettel at his office. On the second day, both heads of government laid wreaths at the Monument of National solidarity, in presence of the Governor of Tambov, Aleksandr Nikitin, and representatives of the Amicale des Anciens de Tambov (an association of former forcibly conscripted Luxembourgers who had been interned in camps in Tambov during the 2nd World War). Following the ceremony, Dmitry Medvedev was received in audience by HRH The Grand Duke Henri at the Grand Ducal Palace.

He also had a meeting with the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Fernand Etgen. Later on, a working meeting, followed by a press conference and a working lunch, was held at the Museum of Modern Art Grand Duke Jean (MUDAM). Bilateral relations as well as major issues of European and international current affairs were on the agenda of the talks.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Etienne Schneider, had the opportunity to meet with his Russian counterpart, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Tatiana Golikova. Both are co-chairs of the UEBL-Russia Joint Economic Commission.

During the visit, a protocol on the cultural cooperation program for the years 2019-2021 as well as a Common declaration on the cooperation in the field of modernisation of economies have been signed. Xavier Bettel commented: “In an unstable world, I remain convinced that we need to talk and communicate more. It is only by listening that we can understand one another, and thus contribute to resolving the problems we are facing. I remain attached to the principle of political dialogue with the Russian Prime Minster. Our values are clear, as is our attachment to dialogue”.