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VN, Russia target brighter future

Update: November, 13/2013 - 08:54
Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and Russian President Vladimir Putin receive a guard of honour yesterday in Ha Noi.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — The visit to Viet Nam by President V. Putin contributes largely to reinforcing and intensifying the Viet Nam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership.

The view was shared by Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their talks yesterday.

In the atmosphere of friendship, trust and mutual understanding, the Presidents kept each other informed of their respective country's foreign policy, and socio-economic and political affairs.

The two Presidents affirmed the sound upgrade of the Viet Nam-Russia strategic partnership to a comprehensive level, which opens up new practical opportunities to foster mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields.

They highly valued the positive development of the two countries' economic-trade cooperation and agreed to bring two-way trade to $7 billion by 2015 and $10 billion by 2020.

A Hanoian child offers flowers to Russian President Putin as President Sang looks on. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

The two sides spoke highly of the progress of negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Viet Nam and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan . They expressed their determination to focus resources to successfully conclude the negotiations in order to reach a comprehensive agreement that equally benefits all parties.

Both sides stressed prioritising cooperation in nuclear power, especially the deployment of a joint project to build the Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power Plant No. 1.

To help Viet Nam develop its nuclear energy, the Russian side affirmed to continue training Vietnamese experts, scientists and managers in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

The two sides affirmed to continue strengthening cooperation in oil and gas exploration and exploitation in Viet Nam's continental shelf in line with international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

They agreed to create necessary conditions for the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group, and Gazprom Group and Zarubezhneft Company of Russia to expand oil and gas exploration and exploitation activities in both countries.

Both sides acknowledged fine cooperation in the fields of military technique, science and technology, education and training, geology, people-to-people exchange, and cooperation between Vietnamese and Russian localities.

Concluding the talks, the two sides witnessed the signing of a series of important cooperation documents in various fields, including inter-governmental agreements on training Vietnamese citizens in Russia , the transfer of sentenced prisoners and defence cooperation.

Both sides acknowledged fine cooperation in the fields of military technique, science and technology, education and training, geology, people-to-people exchange, and cooperation between Vietnamese and Russian localities.—VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

They affirmed to continue enhancing coordination in the international arena and support each other at the United Nations and other multilateral forums.

The two sides affirmed close cooperation in dealing with global challenges such as climate change, state of emergency, natural disasters , sustainable water resource management, and food security.

Russia applauded Viet Nam's decision to join the UN's peacekeeping operations and showed its willingness to support the country in the field.

The two sides acknowledged the increasing role of Asia-Pacific in international issues. President Sang highly valued the active and constructive role of Russia in the region while President Putin praised the growing prestige and position of Viet Nam in the international arena.

The two sides affirmed support for the establishment of an open, inseparable, transparent, equal and cooperative security architecture in Asia-Pacific based on international law, non-alliance principle and regard to legal interests of all concerned countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin lays a wreath to commemorate Vietnamese war martyrs in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Duc

They also reiterated support for the central role of ASEAN in the evolving regional architecture.

The two sides agreed that territorial disputes and other disputes in the Asia-Pacific region should be resolved by peaceful means, without the threat or the use of force on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 UNCLOS.

They were also unanimous in backing the implementation of the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the early adoption of a more legally binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

The two leaders stressed the growing importance of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. The Russian side affirmed to back and work with Vietnam to ensure the success of the 25th APEC Summit to be held in the country in 2017.

Both sides affirmed their determination to further expand and deepen cooperation within the framework of regional multilateral organisations.

Viet Nam and Russia issued a joint statement affirming the continued strengthening of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.—VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

On this occasion, Putin invited the Vietnamese President to visit Russia in an appropriate time. Sang accepted the invitation. The visit's specific time will be discussed through diplomatic channels.

Viet Nam and Russia later issued a joint statement affirming the continued strengthening of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Leader welcomed

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, Nguyen Phu Trong, yesterday underscored Viet Nam's support for Russia's positive policy stance towards countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Viet Nam.

Meeting with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trong praised Russia's efforts in strengthening peace, cooperation and development in the region, including the East Sea.

He thanked the Russian President for creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community in Russia, who act as a bridge promoting the friendship between the two countries.

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, Nguyen Phu Trong meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ha Noi.— VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

Trong described Putin's visit as an important event and part of a growing traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Russia.

President Putin affirmed the importance his country placed in developing the comprehensive strategic partnership with Viet Nam, and affirmed Viet Nam's place as one of Russia's top partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

The two sides highlighted the need to strengthen Party, Parliament and people-to-people cooperation, with Putin also taking the opportunity to invite Trong to visit Russia in the near future; which was accepted by the Party chief with pleasure.

On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also met with the Russian President, pledging the Vietnamese Government would do its best to work with the Russian Government to implement the agreements reached by the two sides.

PM Dung proposed the two Governments add these agreements to the annual list of priorities, reviewed by the Inter-Governmental Committee each year.

The Prime Minister also outlined the vast potential for cooperation in trade, investment and tourism between Viet Nam and Russia, urging for a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus to be reached by late 2014 and officially signed by 2015.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, pledging the Vietnamese Government would do its best to work with the Russian Government to implement the agreements reached by the two sides.—VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

PM Dung expressed his hopes that Russia would work closely with Viet Nam to ensure the progress of the nation's first nuclear power plant in Ninh Thuan.

President Putin affirmed that Viet Nam was a key partner of Russia in the Asia-Pacific and highly valued Viet Nam's efforts in forging bilateral cooperation, particularly in trade and investment.

The Russian President affirmed a bilateral trade target of US$7 billion by 2015 was feasible given investment opportunities being investigated by the two countries.

Putin also urged both sides to create favourable conditions for enterprises to invest in each other's markets, affirming that the technology and equipment supplied for the Ninh Thuan nuclear power project would be state-of-the-art, and would accompany preferential credit for the project.

The Russian side also vowed to hasten negotiations for the free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the Customs Union, which facilitate trade and help increase investment, he said.

Vietnam News Agency Nguyen Duc Loi introduces the two leaders precious photos taken by reporters from the Vietnam News Agency and ITAR-TASS news agency fully reflect the friendship between the two countries over the last six decades at a photo exhibition on the relationship between Viet Nam and Russia which was held at the Opera House. —VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

He said Russia was ready to expand cooperation with Viet Nam in healthcare, education and training.

During the meeting, the two sides agreed to bolster cooperation in national defence, military technology, oil and gas exploration and exploitation, energy, mining and education. .

Dung and Putin also reached a consensus to continue coordination and mutual support at international forums.

Later the same day, President Sang and his Russian counterpart Putin attended the 2013 Russian Culture Days festival which kicked off in Ha Noi yesterday. The event includes an exhibition showcasing 200 Russian handicrafts and traditional costumes of Russian women from the 18th-20th centuries, plus a display of 63 copies of art works from Russia's State Museum of Oriental Art, one of the largest museums in Europe.

The presidents also attended a photo exhibition on the relationship between Viet Nam and Russia which was held at the Opera House. Some 55 precious photos taken by reporters from the Vietnam News Agency and ITAR-TASS news agency fully reflect the friendship between the two countries over the last six decades. During his visit, Putin laid wreaths at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Monument for Martyrs. — VNS


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