Strengthening Vietnam-Russia time-honoured friendly relationship and comprehensive strategic partnership

Thursday, 2017-06-29 04:43:57
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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Russian President Vladimir Putin
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NDO - President Tran Dai Quang has arrived in Moscow, beginning his official visit to the Russian Federation at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, marking his first Russia visit since the 12th Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

This is a highly significant political event, providing impetus for further strengthening the time-honoured friendly relationship and comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

The Vietnamese people are pleased to share the achievements that Russia has recorded in recent years. Despite facing difficulties due to economic sanctions imposed by the West, Russia is striving to radically reform its economy in order to reduce reliance on fuel exports and build a resilient economy that can withstand external vulnerabilities. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and member of many regional and international organisations, Russia has continued to play an important role in addressing international issues.

Russia also pays great attention to developing ties with Vietnam, valuing Vietnam’s position in its cooperation strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. The Vietnam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership has been continuously reinforced and strengthened over the years. The Vietnamese people will always remember the enthusiastic support and valuable assistance of the people of the former Soviet Unions, in Vietnam’s struggle for national independence in the past and current nation-building.

The fine relationship between the two countries is marked by high-level visits and meetings, with the most recent being Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Russia in May 2016, to attend the ASEAN-Russia Summit, as well as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Vietnam in April 2015.

The two countries have signed many cooperative documents in the fields of economics, trade, investment, oil and gas, nuclear power, education and military technology. In 2008, Vietnam and Russia began the annual Strategic Dialogue on Diplomacy-Defence-Security between the two deputy foreign ministers. In 2013, the two countries established the Strategic Dialogue between the two deputy defence ministers. Russia attaches significant importance to its relationship with Vietnam, considering the country as its reliable partner on the international stage. The two countries have also coordinated closely and supported each other at the United Nations and other international forums.

Vietnam and Russia have also seen dynamic economic, trade and investment cooperation with bilateral trade reaching US$2.7 billion in 2016 and US$1.37 billion in the first five months of 2017. Russian currently ranks 23rd among the 116 countries and territories investing in Vietnam, with capital totalling US$1.1 billion. Energy is the traditional, strategic and effective field of cooperation, bringing in substantial revenues to both Vietnam and Russia.

Cooperation in security-defence, science-technology, culture, tourism and between the two countries’ localities has also been strengthened. Cultural exchanges are frequently organised, helping to increase mutual understanding and cement the friendship between the two countries’ people.

In the past, the former Soviet Union helped Vietnam to train nearly 40,000 officials and experts in various fields and now Russia continues to assist Vietnam in human resources training. About 5,000 Vietnamese students are currently studying in Russia. The Vietnamese community in Russia is dynamic, active and a pioneer in charitable activities.

Coming at a time when the time-honoured friendly relationship and strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia is being continuously strengthened in a more substantive manner, President Tran Dai Quang’s visit to Russia aims to affirm that Vietnam attaches importance to and has a desire for continuously fostering the bilateral relationship with Russia, giving impetus for promoting comprehensive cooperation across all fields.

President Tran Dai Quang’s official visit will help to further deepen the time-honoured friendly relationship and strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia, for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large.