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New impetus for Vietnam-Russia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong hold talks with President Vladimir Putin. Photo: VNA

During his trip, the Vietnamese Party leader held talks with President Putin and met Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin, and Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of Russia Andrey Turchak. He laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Mausoleum, and the Statue of President Ho Chi Minh in Moscow. He also attended meetings with Russian veterans and experts who have worked in Vietnam, a ceremony to celebrate the 60th founding anniversary of the Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association as well as visited Kaluga province.

During the talks and meetings which took place in an atmosphere of trust and openness, leaders of the two countries discussed how to further develop the Vietnam-Russia friendship and all-round cooperation, as well as international and regional issues of their common concern. Both sides affirmed the consistent policy of strengthening the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries in order to meet the long-term interests of their peoples, and highly valued the regular and substantial political dialogues, including the highest levels across channels from the National Assembly, Government, ministerial and sectorial levels, localities, to political parties and social organizations.

The leaders stressed the need for radical efforts to boost economic and trade cooperation, firstly overcoming any current problems, improving the cooperation mechanism, and effectively implementing the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union as well as other documents between Vietnam and Russia, towards creating a breakthrough in bilateral trade and investment collaboration.

The two sides highlighted the need to improve the effectiveness of activities of the Vietnam-Russia Senior Working Group on priority investment projects in order to develop and implement projects in the fields of industry and electrical energy; mining and mineral processing; agriculture; information and telecommunications; and urban and transport infrastructure in localities all over of Vietnam. They asserted their determination to expand cooperation in building a nuclear science and technology centre in Vietnam, as well as training Vietnamese students in Russia, who are pursuing subjects related to the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

Both sides applauded and highly appreciated the implementation of joint projects in the field of oil and gas, affirming to continue creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese and Russian enterprises to expand their operations in the field in the territory of both nations, cooperation in potential areas of oil refinery and petrochemsitry, build electric plants using fuel from gas, supply Vietnam with liquidified gas, build suitable infrastructure and produce gas for gas-driven engines.

The two leaders acknowledged the need to reinforce cooperation in agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, agricultural support industry, irrigation, and disaster prevention, and at the same time, improve and diversify cooperation in banking and finance, facilitate the extended use of each other’s money in bilateral payments as well as broaden participation of the Vietnam-Russia Joint Venture Bank to serve big projects of the two countries.

The two sides agreed to promote defense and security cooperation and military technical cooperation, which has a special place in the overall relationship between the two countries, consolidate cooperation in the fields of science and technology, education and training, enhance cooperation in the field of humanities between Vietnam and Russia, including exchanges between ministries and branches concerned, mass communication, archive agencies, travel agencies, friendship associations and other social organizations. Both sides hailed the regular organization of the Cultural Days of each country which help increase the number of tourists.

Recognizing the great contribution of the Vietnamese community working and studying in Russia and the Russian community working and studying in Vietnam to the maintenance and development of traditional and cooperative relations, the two sides affirmed their willingness to continue the reciprocal guarantee to facilitate Vietnamese and Russian citizens living and working in the territory of two countries.

Discussions of international issues showed Vietnam and Russia’s similarities in their viewpoints on most of the regional and global issues. The two leaders shared determination to push for a multipolar international system with enhanced equality and democracy based on the wide cooperation and uniform regulations for all nations, the rule of law, and the central role of the United Nations.

Both sides endorsed equality between nations, respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states and non-use of force and threat to use force. They opposed the performance of unilateral acts or the imposition of economic embargos that run counter to international law and overlook the role of the UN Security Council. Vietnam and Russia pointed out that border and territorial disputes and other disputes in the Asia-Pacific region should be addressed by peaceful means in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to ensure peace, stability, and security in the region. The two countries backed the full and effective implementation of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and welcomed the relevant parties’ efforts to soon adopt a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

They also affirmed their support for the consolidation of the central role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Asia-Pacific region and enhancement of cooperation in regional multilateral forums, the Asia-Europe Meeting, the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia , the Dialogue on Cooperation in Asia and regional parliamentary mechanisms such as the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Assembly, the Asian Parliamentary Assembly to move towards a unified approach to addressing security and development issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Vietnam pledged to back efforts by ASEAN and Russia to build the Russia-ASEAN strategic partnership. Both sides emphasized their desire to establish a win-win relationship between ASEAN and the Eurasia Economic Union and hailed initiatives to strengthen regional and inter-regional connectivity.

While acknowledging the importance of the increasing role and position of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, both sides expressed elation at effective cooperation in priority areas of APEC, and were ready to cooperate closely for socio-economic development, consolidate peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and implement successfully results of the Leaders’ Meeting of the APEC 2017 economies.

The official visit to the Russian Federation of the Vietnamese Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong will create a new impetus for developing the comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia.

Phuong Tra