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Russia highly appreciated relations with Vietnam, said newly-appointed Ambassador

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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June 14, 2021 | 12:59

Newly appointed Russia Ambassador to Vietnam highlighted the good cooperation achievements in the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries in his recent article.

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Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Gennady Bezdetko (Photo: Russian Embassy in Vietnam)

On the occasion of the National Day of the Russian Federation (Russia Day) (June 12), newly appointed Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Vietnam Gennady Bezdetko wrote an article “Bright prospects for the Russia – Vietnam cooperative relationship,” saying Russia treasures relations with Vietnam, said VOV. In the article, the ambassador wrote that one of Russia's traditional and preferred partners in the Asia-Pacific region was Vietnam.

He recalled the traditional friendship between the two sides since the Soviet Union’s establishment of its diplomatic ties with Vietnam in 1950. A tradition of friendship and cooperation for mutual benefit has been built by previous generations through difficult years and is currently being promoted on the basis of bilateral relations. Twenty years ago, Russia and Vietnam signed a Joint Statement on a strategic partnership, and since 2012 the bilateral relationship has been upgraded to the comprehensive strategic partnership.

Currently, the cooperative relationship between the two countries is developing dynamically in a wide range of fields. Political dialogue is maintained regularly at the highest and high levels. Exchanges have continued to be held between the heads of defense agencies of the two countries. Online conferences between the chairmen of the Russian and Vietnamese sub-committees under the Intergovernmental Committee for economic – commercial and scientific-technological cooperation have also been organized, Nhan Dan cited.

Trade-economic cooperation has expanded continuously. Thanks to the active efforts of the parties in implementing the Free Trade Agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union and Vietnam, signed on May 29, 2015, trade revenue between the two countries has increased, with two-way trade in 2020 rising by 15% year-on-year to US$5.7 billion, according to VNA.

Russia highly appreciated relations with Vietnam, said newly-appointed Ambassador
At the ceremony to inaugurate the statue of famous Russian poet, Alexandre Sergeievich Pushkin, at Hoa Binh Park in Hanoi’s Bac Tu Liem district. (Photo: Hanoi Department of Foreign Affairs)

Education and training remain a traditional area in bilateral cooperation. Despite the decrease in cultural exchange activities due to the pandemic, the two countries still organized a Russian film week in Hanoi and a Vietnamese film week in Moscow in 2020.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the working visit to Vietnam in March this year by the Secretary of the Russian Federation Security Council Patrushev Nikolai was a success. Russia is very grateful to its Vietnamese friends for donating several batches of medical masks to Russia. Russia has transferred to Vietnam a batch of Sputnik V vaccine, medicines, testing systems and reagents for research, he added.

One of the most important cooperation directions between the two countries is coordination in the international arena. Russia and Vietnam have cooperated effectively at the United Nations Security Council. Vietnam was elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term. We attach great importance to the development of the ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership.

The foundation of this relationship is the solid tradition of friendship, solidarity, and mutual understanding without dependence on temporary political situations. This allows the two countries to be optimistic and look to the future. The two countries and peoples are facing important tasks to promote bilateral relations in both established fields as well as new areas, for the stable development and prosperity of Russia and Vietnam, and for peace and stability in both the region and the world.

The Russian Federation celebrates its Russia Day on June 12. On this day in 1990, the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic was adopted, marking the beginning of a new phase in the country's history.

On the day, Vietnam leaders sent congratulatory to their Russian counterparts. State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent a congratulatory letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh also extended greetings to Russian PM Mikhail Mishustin, while National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue cabled congratulatory messages to Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Valentina Matviyenko, and Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly Viacheslav Volodin. Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son also congratulated Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on this occasion.

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Valerie Mai