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Firmly consolidating Vietnam-Russia reliable political relation
14/12/2018 16:9' Send Print
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev pose for photos before talks. Photo: VNA

During the trip, the Russian Prime Minister held talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; paid a courtesy call to Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong; and met with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. On the occasion, he laid wreathes at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Monument of Heroes and Martyrs in Hanoi, and visited a photo exhibition on Vietnam-Russia traditional relations and comprehensive cooperation, which was co-organized by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Russian News Agency TASS. He also toured the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre and presented a gift from the Russian Government to the science and technology research establishment.

During these meetings, in an atmosphere of friendship, mutual trust and understanding, the Vietnamese and Russian sides discussed orientations and measures to boost cooperation across many fields towards deepening the two nations’ strategic partnership.

The two Prime Ministers expressed their satisfaction at the Vietnam-Russian highly reliable political relations, regular exchanges and contacts at all levels, especially at high level. They agreed to celebrate the Vietnam Year in Russia and the Russia Year in Vietnam during 2019-2020 to mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Fundamental Principles of Vietnam-Russia Friendly Relations (2019) and the 70th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

The two Prime Ministers highly appreciated the results of the 21st session of the Vietnam-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Trade and Scientific-Technical Cooperation held in Moscow at the end of October 2018. The two sides maintained that the economic, trade and investment cooperation between Vietnam and the Russian Federation has dynamically developed in the past time with the effective implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasia Economic Union.

To optimize advantages brought by the Agreement, both sides promised to coordinate and gradually address barriers on the import and export of goods, especially agro-fishery-forestry products, with the aim to raise two-way trade to US$10 billion by 2020.

The Prime Ministers expressed their satisfaction with oil and gas cooperation between Vietnam and the Russian Federation, considering it one of the key pillars of Vietnam-Russia cooperation. They affirmed to continue facilitating oil and gas exploration and exploitation on Vietnam’s continental shelf and Russian territory, and encouraged the expansion of cooperation in other fields such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas power supply.

Both sides agreed to step up key large-scale projects in the fields of energy, industry, transport, agriculture, and expand collaboration in information, digital technology, and e-Government. They pledged their commitment to carrying out a US$350-million Nuclear Science and Technology Centre, while encouraging cooperation to develop urban transport infrastructure and railways in Vietnam.

The sides reached a consensus on the importance of security and defense cooperation, and noted with elation strong cooperation in science and technology, culture, tourism, education and training, and labor as well as the advancement of partnerships between their localities and committed to expand cooperation in these fields.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc thanked the leaders and functional agencies of the Russian Federation for their support and assistance to the Vietnamese community in Russia and hoped that Russia continues to create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community to live, work legally and stably in Russia; He expressed his belief that the Vietnamese community will continue to play an active role in developing friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.

The two leaders exchanged views on international and regional matters of common concern. They stressed the need to maintain peace and stability, ensure aviation and navigation security, safety, and freedom in the East Sea and solve disputes peacefully on the basis of respecting international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, fully and effectively implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and working towards the early signing of a substantive and effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

The two sides stated they will maintain coordination at multilateral forums, foster cooperation within the framework of the United Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, the Asia-Europe Meeting, and the ASEAN-Russia cooperation, for the sake of the two peoples, and for peace, stability, and development in the region and the world.

The Prime Ministers expressed their belief that the successful visit will continue to contribute to boosting Vietnam - Russia cooperation in all fields.

Prime Minister Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev invited Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to visit Russia in the near future. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc accepted the invitation with sincere thanks.

Editor (Synthesized from VNA)