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Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, Russian President Putin aim to boost bilateral ties

Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, Russian President Putin aim to boost bilateral ties

Friday, June 21, 2024, 15:33 GMT+7
Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, Russian President Putin aim to boost bilateral ties
Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (C) holds talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hanoi, June 20, 2024. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached a consensus on major measures to create a new impetus for both countries' multifaceted bilateral ties during their meeting in Hanoi on Thursday.

The meeting was part of the Russian leader’s state visit to Vietnam. He arrived in Hanoi in the small hours of Thursday and concluded his visit the same day.

Putin affirmed that boosting the comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam is one of Russia’s priorities in its diplomatic policy for the Asia-Pacific region.

During their talks, the two leaders entered in-depth discussions and reached a consensus on some measures and plans to foster the multifaceted cooperation between the two countries.

The two agreed to enhance mutual understanding and trust, increase all-level delegation exchanges, and bolster defense and security cooperation.

Vietnam and Russia will join hands to address difficulties and challenges in line with international law and the conditions of each nation.

The two nations are committed to creating favorable conditions for Vietnamese and Russian enterprises to implement energy, oil, and gas projects, while beefing up their partnership in agriculture, education-training, culture, tourism, and cultural exchanges.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong on June 20, 2024. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting with Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi, June 20, 2024. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Speaking at the meeting, Party General Secretary Trong reminded Putin of the close traditional friendship between Vietnam and Russia, underlining Vietnam's special love for the latter.

“The Vietnamese and I, who used to live and study in Russia, always keep in mind the close relationship between Vietnam and Russia,” he fondly remarked.

The Russian leader said that it was his honor to visit Vietnam, which he considers a reliable partner and friend of Russia.

The relationship between the two nations has stood the test of time, he noted.

Putin also listed some of the achievements of the Vietnam - Russia partnership, especially in culture and education-training.

“Today, we were set to meet alumni of Russian universities. I know that many of them are excellent and have made great contributions to cementing the bilateral ties," President Putin said.

“During my visit to Vietnam in 2001, I sat in on a similar meeting and felt their warmth and friendliness."

The Russian president also shared his respect for Vietnam for Hanoi's neutral foreign policy.

“This visit will give a new impulse to our bilateral ties,” Putin stressed.

According to the Central Committee for External Relations, Putin expressed his excitement about visiting Vietnam and meeting with General Secretary Trong.

A general view of a meeting between Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (right side) and Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 20, 2024. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

A general view of a meeting between Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (right side) and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hanoi, June 20, 2024. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

At their meeting, the Party chief proposed that President Putin and Russia continue to make it easy for the Vietnamese community in Russia to work and live there in order to contribute to solidifying the friendship between the two peoples.

General Secretary Trong affirmed that Vietnam supports Russia’s active contributions to the common issues of the international community and its ‘look east’ policy.

He strongly believed that a peaceful, independent, prosperous, and prestigious Vietnam suits Russia’s long-term cooperation policy for the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

Vietnam shared expectations that Putin and Russia continue backing Vietnam’s desire to maintain peace, stability, security, safety, and freedom of navigation and overflight as well as its standpoint in settling disputes at sea by peaceful means based on international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

During a discussion on the military conflict in Ukraine, Party chief Trong stressed that Vietnam hopes it will end soon.

Trong visited Russia in 2014 and 2018, during which he had talks with Putin.

During his latest visit, the Vietnamese Party chief witnessed the signing of 13 cooperative deals between Vietnam and Russia.

Putin first met Trong directly in 2006 when the Russian leader visited Vietnam and the latter was serving as chairman of the Vietnamese legislature at that time.

General Secretary Trong and President Putin regularly exchange letters and calls on special occasions.

After arriving in Vietnam on Thursday, Putin attended a welcome ceremony chaired by Vietnam's State President To Lam at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.

The Russian leader also met with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and National Assembly Chairman Tran Thanh Man, as well as participated in numerous activities the same day.

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Tieu Bac - Duy Linh - Ngoc Duc / Tuoi Tre News

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