Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets Russian President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday in Moscow. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
MOSCOW — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed in Moscow yesterday that Viet Nam and Russia would boost co-operation in fields in which they have natural advantages, including of oil and gas, mining and finance and banking.
Medvedev also said that Dung’s official visit would bring the two countries’ relations to a new height and that, inspite of the impacts of the global economic crisis, the two countries’ co-operation in trade and investment had continued to grow.
He highly appreciated Viet Nam’s achievements in recent times and expressed his support for comprehensive co-operation between Russia and Viet Nam in every field.
Dung said that Viet Nam always put its focus on developing the tradition of friendship and strategic partnership with Russia for the long-lasting mutual benefit of both peoples as well as for peace, stability and co-operation of the region and the world.
Dung and Medvedev exchanged views on issues related to bilateral relations and agreed on the importance of the annual political dialogue of high-ranking and senior officials to help the leaders of both countries seek solutions to mutual problems.
The two leaders also discussed significant diplomatic events anticipated in 2010, including Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh’s official visit to Russia and Medvedev’s state visit to Viet Nam and attendance at the 2nd Russia-ASEAN Summit in Ha Noi.
Dung affirmed that, as Viet Nam assumed the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2010, it would make every effort to boost the partnership between Russia and ASEAN.
He expressed his hopes that Medvedev would pay attention to the implementation of the two countries’ agreements, especially in oil and gas, trade and military technical co-operation.
Meeting with Putin
The two sides agreed to assign relevant authorities to quickly negotiate and sign a number of inter-governmental agreements on space and educational co-operation.
After the talks, Dung and Putin signed a memorandum of understanding on the outcome of the meeting and witnessed the signing of a number of bilateral economic agreements as well as a memorandum of understanding on military co-operation.
In their meeting with the press, Putin expressed thanks to the Vietnamese Government for initiatives in strategic fields to further boost bilateral relations in energy, military science, banking and telecommunications.
Dung said the two goverments had agreed to assign relevant ministries to start negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement. Viet Nam pledged to create favourable conditions for Russian firms to invest in the fields of energy, oil and gas, electronics and telecommunication.
Dung noted that Russia had already pledged to facilitate Viet Nam's exports into the Russian market and others in the region. Viet Nam had agreed to buy military technical equipment with suitable support from Russia and officially invited Russia to co-operate with and help Viet Nam build its first nuclear plants
Dung also met in Moscow late on Monday with leading Russian entrepreneurs.
The Vietnamese Government would facilitate Russian investors so that they could obtain successes in Viet Nam, the Prime Minister said.
He highlighted the active implementation of co-operation agreements between Russian groups with Viet Nam in oil and gas, mining, electricity and banking, citing the establishment of the Viet Nam-Russia investment fund worth US$500 million and the strategic partnership agreement between PetroVietnam and the Russian gas group Gazprom.
He said the potential for co-operation between the two countries remained great in all fields
The same day Dung left Moscow, successfully concluding his working visit to Russia and heading to Copenhagen for the UN conference on climate change. — VNS