Russia, Vietnam to strengthen security-defence cooperation, Vietnam's top leader

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong highlighted security-defence ties as a pillar in the Vietnam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership while hosting visiting Secretary of the Security Council of Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev in Hanoi on March 17.
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Security defence cooperation key to Vietnam – Russia partnership: Top leader
Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong shakes hands with Secretary of the Security Council of Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev during their meeting (Photo: VNA)

Lauding outcomes of cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the Security Council of Russian Federation, Trong expressed his wish that the two nations continue to further extend their collaboration in traditional and non-traditional security issues for mutual interest of the two peoples as well as for peace, stability, and development in the region and the world.

For his part, Patrushev took the occasion to deliver his congratulations on the success of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s 13th National Congress and on Trong’s re-election as General Secretary of the Party Central Committee, according to the VNA.

The Russian official informed his host on a number of key collaboration contents between his council and the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam.

He said an important purpose of his visit is to translate into reality contents discussed between Trong and Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chairman of the United Russia party and Deputy Chair of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in their recent phone talks.

Patrushev affirmed that Russia treasures its comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam, and wishes that the partnership will be further strengthened and sustainably developed.

Security defence cooperation key to Vietnam – Russia partnership: Top leader
Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation (L). Photo: VNA

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong wished two countries would continue to further extend their collaboration in traditional and non-traditional security issues for mutual interest of the two peoples as well as for the sake of peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

Patrushev’s visit to Vietnam was of great importance, following the activities commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Russia (1950-2020), especially after the successful organization of the 13th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

Security defence cooperation key to Vietnam – Russia partnership: Top leader
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, right, is gifting a Vietnamese speciality to Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. Photo: VNA

On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. The Vietnamese leader stressed that the two sides need to make efforts to remove obstacles in order to soon implement slow-progressing projects.

Russia and Vietnam should pay attention to take advantage of the free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) for economic, trade and investment development, Phuc said.

“The fact that two-way trade turnover in 2020 reached around US$4.9 billion, a strong boost compared to 2019 is a great success,” he said.

“The two countries’ relations should have a stronger breakthrough in both economic, security and defense fields in the coming time.”

For his part, Patrushev proposed that the Vietnamese government create favorable conditions for Russian businesses in gas exploration projects, engine production, and investment in the construction of power plants, the hanoitimes reported.

Russia is ready to support Vietnam in the fight against money laundering and terrorism, Patrushev said.

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