Deputy Prime Minister Phạm Bình Minh and Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev. — Photo VGP
HÀ NỘI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Phạm Bình Minh and Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev emphasised the need for regional countries to maintain peace and stability, and heighten the role of multilateral co-operation mechanisms and international law in addressing the region’s issues.
At their meeting in Hà Nội yesterday, Patrushev informed the host of the outcomes of his working sessions with Minister of Public Security Trần Đại Quang and Defence Minister Phùng Quang Thanh on issues related to bilateral relations, ASEAN-Russia co-operation and the situation in Asia-Pacific.
Minh, who is also Foreign Minister, affirmed that Việt Nam continually attached importance to its comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia.
He said he appreciated co-operation in security between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and Russia’s Security Council, as well as their countries’ positive ties in politics, economics, trade, defence and security, education and training, and culture.
Both sides agreed to actively implement measures to further boost multi-faceted co-operation and work together to enforce the free trade agreement between Việt Nam and the Eurasian Economic Union once it comes into effect, in order to increase the efficiency of the two sides’ economic and trade co-operation.
They also hailed the collaboration between Russia and ASEAN, expressing hopes that the ASEAN-Russia Summit to be held in Sochi in May will be a success and help to improve their dialogue partnership, both for their own interests and for peace and stability in Asia-Pacific and the world. — VNS