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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made a phone call to Russian Federation Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Tuesday afternoon April 21 for two countries' exchanged views on Vietnam-Russia cooperation in the Covid-19 pandemic complicated development context basing on the spirit of trust and openness.
Russian PM Mikhail Mishustin highly appreciated Vietnam's achievements in disease control and expressed thanks to Vietnamese Government and people for donating 150 thousand anti-droplets and antibacterial masks to the Russian Federation.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on January 16 sent a message of congratulations to the new Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Mishustin and affirmed that the Vietnamese Government will continue to work closely with the Russian Government to implement agreements reached by leaders of the two countries, thereby deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
Seventy years ago, on January 1, 1950, the Soviet Union became one of the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, contributing to the country's international recognition. However, the two countries’ relations started long before, dating back to the first time the young patriot named Nguyen Ai Quoc, who later became world-renowned as Ho Chi Minh, set foot in the Soviet Union on his journey of researching Communist theory and the national liberation movement. The first bricks of friendship and cooperation between Russia and Vietnam were laid during that time. People of the Soviet Union and later of Russia wholeheartedly supported Vietnamese people, both financially and mentally, during the Resistance War against imperialist America and post-war period. In those arduous days, important infrastructure was built and thousands of experts were trained in the USSR, many of them later held critical positions in the government.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on January 16 sent a message of congratulations to the new Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Mishustin (Photo: AFP)|
Consentaneously, the two Prime Ministers agreed to promote and strengthen two countries' co-operative effectiveness under the comprehensive strategic partnership framework, as well as in the COVID-19 prevention, and expert exchanges in the fields including biomedicine, medical equipment and supplies...Besides, the sides continue to pay attention and support mutual citizens affected in each's territory, timely coordinate in handling arising issues; create favorable conditions for citizens desiring to return home.
In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic's adverse impact on the global economy and two countries' situations, the two Prime Ministers agreed to continuously create the bilateral goods import and export favorable conditions in order to maximize the Free Trade Agreement's potential between Vietnam and Eurasian Economic Union.
One of the most important sectors is economic-trade cooperation. Mostly thanks to the Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement which came into effect in October 2016, Russia-Vietnam trade turnover in 2018 reached US$6 billion, a historical peak since 1991.
Measures of important co-operative project implementation in the fields of fuel and energy were exchanged concentratively for their promotion to bring related businesses opportunities in fuel, energy and automobile assembly co-operation.
Oil-gas cooperation is one of the key pillars in the Russia-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperation with the joint venture Vietsovpetro as a vanguard for decades. SK Rusvietpetro limited liability company in the Nenets Autonomous Region of the Russian Federation, Gazprom and Company NK Rosneft Joint Stock in Vietnam are also operating effectively. Russia is considering implementing projects in new high-tech sectors for Vietnam, especially gas power generation, production of engine gas fuel and construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal.
The two leaders pledged to maintain regular contacts at all levels as well as activities within the framework of the Viet Nam Year in Russia and the Russia Year in Viet Nam for 2019-2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
PM Phuc extended congratulations to the Russian leaders and people on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Victory Day over Fascism (May 9 1945 - May 5 2020) and invited PM Mishustin to pay an official visit to Viet Nam. Phuc's invitation was honourably accepted by the Russian PM.
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