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Promoting Vietnam and Russia comprehensive strategic partnership
26/7/2017 14:40' Send Print
President Tran Dai Quang and Russian President V. Putin shake hands after the signing of cooperation documents between the two countries. Photo: VNA

During the visit, President Tran Dai Quang held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly Valentina Matvienko, and State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin.

President Tran Dai Quang laid wreaths at the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers, V.I. Lenin Mausoleum, President Ho Chi Minh Statue; delivered the opening remarks at the Business Forum in the presence of the two countries’ businesses, met Russian veterans and experts who had worked in Vietnam and representatives of the Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association; and visited the city of St. Petersburg.

The talks and meetings took place in a friendly atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding. On the basis of assessing the situation and prospects for comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Russia, the two sides evaluated the current situation and prospects of the Vietnam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership, while setting out measures to strengthen bilateral cooperation in prioritized areas and discussing international and regional matters of mutual concern, and shared the desire to develop strong strategic partnership between the two countries.

The two sides agreed to maintain regular and practical political consultations at all levels, as well as effective meetings through the channels of Party, parliament, ministries, sectors, localities and social organizations. The two sides agreed to organize "Russia Year in Vietnam" and "Vietnam Year in Russia" in 2019 with many activities on the territories of the two countries to promote cooperation in the fields.

The two sides concurred to work for the efficient implementation of the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). In addition, both sides highly valued the coordination role of the Vietnam-Russia Intergovernmental Committee on economic, trade and scientific and technical cooperation, sub-committees and working groups on increasing economic cooperation while affirming the need for strict supervision by the Committeetowards the implementation of the agreements already reached.

Both sides agreed to continue working closely in building the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology in Vietnam, and affirmed their support of the cooperation programme between Vietnam and Russia on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, which was signed on 23 May 2017 in Hanoi.

Regarding investment cooperation, the two sides emphasized the importance of maintaining the effective operation of the Vietnam-Russia Senior Working Group on priority investment projects, including monitoring the rollout of priority investment projects which were approved to facilitate investment flow between the two countries, firstly in the fields of mining and mineral processing, machine manufacture, fuel-energy, agriculture and new areas such as transportation infrastructure and telecommunications.

Both sides agreed on positive progress of joint projects in oil and gas, affirming that they will continue creating favorable conditions for Vietnamese and Russian businesses in this field, fostering collaboration in promising areas, including oil refinery and petrochemistry, supplying liquefied petroleum gas for Vietnam, producing and selling fuel for gas-fuelled vehicles in Vietnam.

The two sides agreed to expand partnership in electricity, especially with the participation of Russian companies in the modernization of energy facilities previously built with the support of the Soviet Union and new facilities in Vietnam.

Both sides noted the need to take concrete steps to expand cooperation in the fields of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and agro-industry, including measures to increase the turnover of food and agricultural products, facilitating access to each other's markets, and complying with their respective quarantine regulation and standards.

Cooperation in the field of finance and credit between the two countries continue to diversify, including the use of the two countries' currencies in bilateral payments, ensuring the broad participation of Vietnam-Russia Joint Venture Bank to serve major cooperation projects.

Defense and military-technical cooperation as well as coordinated action in the field of defense and security play an important role in bilateral relations.

Confirming the common interest in expanding cooperation in the fields of science and technology, education and training, the two sides highly appreciated the operation of the Vietnam-RussiaTropical Center for Science and Technology Research and supported the stable operation of this scientific facility. Both sides agreed to cooperate in the use and development of Russian GLONASS global satellite positioning system for the purposes of state management, socio-economic development and settlement of other tasks, as well as in other areas of aerospace operations such as telecommunications and satellite.

Highlighting the contribution of the Vietnamese community who are working and studying in Russia and the Russian community who are working and studying in Vietnam to the maintenance and development of the traditional and multi-sided cooperation,the two sides affirmed their willingness to continue to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese community in Russia and the Russian community in Vietnam.

Both sides agreed to continue to work closely and coordinate their positions in multilateral mechanisms, such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting with dialogue partners (ADMM +) , The Asia-Europe Cooperation Forum (ASEM), the Conference on Coordination of Actions and Measures to Boost Trust in Asia, the Asia Cooperation Dialogue for the consolidation of multilateral principles in addressing socio-economic development and ensuring security in the Asia-Pacific region as well as promoting inter-regional cooperation.

While affirming the importance of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) as the driving force of regional growth, contributing to the common prosperity of Asia-Pacific, Russia highly valued Vietnam's proactive and active role as the host of APEC 2017 aiming to create a new momentum for sustainable growth, balance, innovation, and in-depth and broad regional economic integration.

Regarding the East Sea, the two sides agreed that border and territorial disputes and other disputes in the Asia-Pacific region should be settled by peaceful means by the parties concerned without using or threatening to use force on the basis of international law, including the 1982United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to ensure peace, stability and security in the region. Vietnam and Russia supported the full and effective implementation of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) andearly conclusion of the Code of Conduct for Parties in the East Sea (COC).

President Tran Dai Quang's visit to Russia creates strong impetus for further strengthening the comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia.

Synthesized by Phuong Tra