Russia wishes to develop a comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam

Tuesday, 2019-06-11 16:26:15
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An art performance at the opening ceremony of the Vietnam Year in Russia and the Russia Year in Vietnam
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NDO - On the occasion of the National Day of the Russian Federation, Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vnukov has written an article on the comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia.

On June 12, 1990, the Russian Federation adopted the Declaration of State Sovereignty. This event was associated with the beginning of fundamental reforms in Russia, aiming at strengthening the law and facilitating socio-economic development. Today, Russia is trying to build a strong, prosperous, and democratic nation with a stable political system. Russia, as a self-reliant and independent country, has achieved great success in many fields, such as politics and socio-economics. In recent years, the living standards and the average life expectancy of the Russian people have increased. Russia is implementing major national projects, in order to make good use of the potential natural resources and people and to protect legitimate national interests. The country is also working on drafting large-scale plans for the future.

Russia has modernised the armed forces on a large scale. The Russian military can effectively respond to any external challenges and threats, including international terrorism. Russia is always actively involved in international processes. The country is not directed to confront the world or a separate country and always promotes a positive agenda. It is willing to cooperate equally with all foreign partners but at the same time wishing that the welfare of the Russian people should be respected.

While developing a mutually beneficial partnership with all countries around the world, Russia pays special attention to the Asia-Pacific region, which in recent years has rapidly become a hub of the world's economy and politics. Russia has established great prospects in continuing to strengthen cooperation with the Asia-Pacific region, and promoting mutually beneficial cooperation with member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Russia has considered Vietnam as one of its most important partners in this region. The coordination and partnership between the two countries is based on the time-honoured experience accumulated over the past 70 years, since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations (the former Soviet Union). That's why profound changes in Russia and around the world have not affected the comprehensive strengthening of bilateral relations. The two countries have succeeded in building a solid foundation to promote comprehensive relations, laying a great legal foundation to lift their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2012.

Russia is happy to see that the bilateral political dialogue has demonstrated high reliability and efficiency. Only in 2018 and this year, the two countries successfully conducted four major bilateral visits, including the visits to Russia by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the visits to Vietnam by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Viktorovich Volodin.

Economic and trade cooperation plays an important role in the Vietnam-Russia relations. In 2018, the bilateral trade for the first time exceeded US$6 billion, whist the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union came into force. The two countries have also cooperated effectively in the international arena, within the framework of the United Nations and at the regional dialogue forums such as EAS, APEC, ASEM, etc.

Cooperation between the two countries in the fields of science - technology is developing strongly. For years, the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre has witnessed developments. In recent years, the relationship between localities of the two countries has been clearly reinforced. Russian localities are showing their greater interest in establishing cooperation with Vietnamese provinces and cities. Cooperation between the two countries in the field of education has continued to develop. Currently, there are nearly five thousand Vietnamese students studying in Russia. In 2018, the number of Russian tourists to Vietnam exceeded 600 thousand. In order to bring the Russia-Vietnam friendship and cooperation to new heights, in 2019 and 2020, the two countries are expected to conduct more than 150 cooperative activities in various areas within the context of the Vietnam Year in Russia and the Russia Year in Vietnam.

Russia and Vietnam will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2020 and celebrate the 25th anniversary of signing the treaty on basic principles for the bilateral friendship on June 6, 2018. In the article, the Russian Ambassador expressed his belief that the coordination and the time-honoured friendship and sincere sentiment between the two countries will continue to be strengthened.