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President greets former Soviet soldiers

Update: December, 05/2012 - 09:28

HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang hosted a reception in Ha Noi yesterday for 30 veterans from countries belonging to the former Soviet Union. The event honoured those who helped Viet Nam during its struggle for national liberation more than 40 years ago.

Delegates recalled their memories of fighting side-by-side with Vietnamese soldiers, stressing that they felt it was a noble duty and honour.

They expressed their hopes that the tradition of patriotism and revolutionary heroism nurtured by the veterans, Vietnamese soldiers and people will encourage younger generations to follow their example.

They said they hope to contribute to maintaining and improving the friendship between Viet Nam and other countries.

At the reception, scheduled to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the "Ha Noi-Dienn Bien Phu in the air" victory, Sang thanked the people of the former Soviet Union for their great support in Viet Nam's struggle for national liberation.

Viet Nam's achievements in terms of national renewal could not have been made without the veterans' sacrifices, Sang said.

The leader expressed his belief that the veterans will continue contributing to lifting the comprehensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. — VNS

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