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Vietnamese, Russian presidents agree to extend bilateral relations

Update: May, 11/2015 - 08:40
President Truong Tan Sang holds talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Saturday during his visit to Russia. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
MOSCOW (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang and Russian President Vladimir Putin committed to strengthening their bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership during talks in Moscow on Saturday.

President Sang thanked the host for his invitation to attend the 70th anniversary of the Russian victory in the Great Patriotic War, which he said motivated and laid the groundwork for independence struggles across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Both sides expressed their satisfaction with all-level visits to foster mutual political trust between the two nations, and agreed to maintain the current mechanism.

Economically, they agreed that the signing of a free trade area agreement between Viet Nam and the Eurasian Economic Community later this May would help lift Viet Nam -Russia trade to US$10 billion by 2020.

Speaking highly of oil and gas companies and joint ventures working in Viet Nam's continental shelf and in Russia, the leaders vowed all possible support for them as well as for new investors in petrochemicals and refineries.

Links across investment, finance-banking, industry, agriculture and mining are also expected to progress.

Both men agreed to deepen joint national defence and security collaboration with an initial focus on personnel and technical training.

Both leaders agreed to deepen joint national defence and security collaboration with an initial focus on personnel and technical training. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

They called for more efforts to work to their joint strengths, including opening an aquaculture, seafood and processing joint-venture in the Primorye region and a light industry zone in Moscow.

Sang thanked President Putin and Russian authorities for their support for overseas Vietnamese nationals in the country.

Meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi the same day, President Sang spoke of the need to boost economic, trade and investment co-ordination by facilitating business visits and establishing a Business Council.

He reminded his Egyptian counterpart of the upcoming fifth meeting of the Viet Nam-Egypt Joint Committee which is due to sign several co-operative deals.

In the morning the same day, State President Sang and his wife, together with other distinguished guests, watched the Victory Day parade, the largest in Russian history, through Red Square.

They also observed a minute's silence in memory of the Russian soldiers and allies killed during the war.

In the evening, the Vietnamese leader met with Vietnamese embassy staff and asked them to continue their role as a bridge between the two nations.

Russian parade

Truong Tan Sang (fourth from right)  joined leaders of various countries and international organisations in the largest victory parade in Russia's history in Red Square to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

On the same day, President Sang joined leaders of various countries and international organisations in the largest victory parade in Russia's history in Red Square to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

Participants paid a minute's silence in memory of fallen soldiers from the former Soviet Union and their allies. More than 16,500 troops, including those from Azerbaijan , Armenia, Belarus ,Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Serbia, China, India and Mongolia took part in the parade.

Cutting-edge military equipment including the next-generation Armata T-14 tank and nuclear missile systems rumbled through the square along with the famed war-era T-34 tank.

Meeting with Governor

President Sang also met the Governor of Moscow province, Andrei Vorobyov, and other local authorities yesterday.

During the meeting, the President said he was impressed with Russia's strong development and that of its capital.

The Governor briefed the President on the co-operation between Moscow and Vietnamese localities, including HCM City.

President Sang welcomed the signing of a co-operation agreement between Moscow and HCM City, saying the document laid the legal foundation for boosting co-operation for tapping potential.

He also urged the Governor to support the establishment of a joint light-industry zone in Moscow province to create more jobs for both local Russians and the Vietnamese overseas community.

A co-operation agreement was signed by chairman of the municipal Peoples' Committee, Le Hoang Quan, and Governor Vorobyov.

The same day, President Sang attended a ceremony to mark the 10 millionth tonne of oil tapped by Rus-Viet-petro, a joint venture between the Russian oil group of Zarubezhneft and the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group. Later, the President and his entourage left Moscow for Prague for a State visit to the Czech Republic from May 10-13. — VNS

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