Medvedev will take in Moscow, Prime Minister of Laos

© RIA Novosti / Dmitry to Attachability in fotoreceptor of the government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and the Prime Minister of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith. Archival photoMedvedev will take in Moscow, Prime Minister of Laos© RIA Novosti / Dmitry attachability to the photobank

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the Prime Minister of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith will discuss the prospects of development of bilateral cooperation, is also expected to sign joint documents, reported the press service of the Russian government.

«During the meeting of heads of government will discuss topical issues of Russian-Lao relations, prospects of further development of bilateral cooperation with focus on the expansion of trade and economic cooperation, the expansion of humanitarian relations», — stated in the message.

Friendships

In 2016 in Vientiane, the 11-th East Asia summit where Russia was represented by Dmitry Medvedev, Russia and Laos signed an agreement on mutual abolition of visa requirements

In addition, the Prime Minister of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith, who speaks Russian, last year at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister said that probably he studied in Leningrad at the same time with President Vladimir Putin.

In turn, Medvedev noted that during this period, his mother taught at the pedagogical Institute named after Herzen, Leningrad, and did not rule out that the Prime Minister of Laos could be her student.

Energy cooperation

In September 2016, OOO «inter RAO — Engineering», OOO «A-RXEN» and Electricite du Laos — Generation Public Company has signed a Memorandum on construction of HPP «Xekong-5» installed capacity of 330 MW. Estimated project cost — $ 800 million.

It was reported that the construction will probably last about five years. In the construction of the power station will use Russian equipment, particularly turbines.

As noted in June of this year, the Chairman of Committee of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev at the meeting with the foreign Minister of Laos Salamalam Compositum, Russia has fulfilled all its obligations under HPP «Xekong 5» in Laos, waiting for a response from the Lao side.

In turn, foreign Minister of Laos said that the Laotian side sees the problems associated with HPP «Xekong-5» and will try to solve them.

Earlier, the head of the RF Ministry of communications Nikolay Nikiforov said that the company «Power machines» can get a contract to supply equipment for construction of HPP «Xekong 5» in Laos in the amount of $ 100 million. According to him, the agreement on construction of HPP could be signed in July at the meeting of the Russian-Laotian intergovernmental Commission. The Russian share in the project is expected to be about 70%.

In addition, the Minister of energy Alexander Novak last year said that Russia is discussing the project of building an oil refinery in Laos and supply of finished goods from this country to Vietnam.

According to him, earlier it was agreed that in future to consider the construction of a refinery in Laos, to build a pipeline from Laos to Vietnam in order to provide the framework of field development and refining in the refinery supply of petroleum products to Vietnam. Thus in turn, Vietnam can be the supply of gas.

Repair of helicopters

In may of last year the holding company «Helicopters of Russia» and the Ministry of defense of Laos for the first time signed a contract for the repair of military products.

During the exhibition HeliRussia-2016, the parties reiterated the intention of the implementation of the contract within the agreed time and signed notification requesting completion of the necessary domestic procedures for the entry of the contract in force on 20 may 2016.

Russian specialists had to repair four helicopters on the basis of service in Laos.

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