|General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meets the First Vice President of the Russian State Duma Ivan Ivanovich Menikov yesterday during his official visit to Russia and Belarus. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
MOSCOW (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held talks with top Russian legislators yesterday as part of his visit to the country.
In separate talks with the Vietnamese leader, Chairwoman of Russia's Federation Council (Upper House) Valentina Matvienko, and the Acting Chairman of the Russian State Duma (Lower House) Ivan Ivanovich Melnikov, both said that the visit was an important landmark for the bilateral relations between the two countries. They said that the visit would concrete and deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Russia.
The two sides discussed the current situation of their countries and Viet Nam-Russia relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual concerns.
Trong and the two Russian leaders agreed that Viet Nam-Russia relations in general as well as the relations between the two national assemblies in particular had developed through high-ranking visits of leaders from both sides.
The Vietnamese National Assembly had signed co-operation agreements with the Russian Federation Council and the Russian State Duma.
Such agreements had created an important legal foundation for the enhancement of bilateral co-operation and exchange of law-making experiences, supervision, documents and information.
The Russian hosts stressed that though there were different political parties in the two houses, all parties in Russia supported friendly and comprehensive co-operation with Viet Nam.
Sharing the Vietnamese leader's opinion on the East Sea issue, the Russian legislators said that all Asia-Pacific disputes needed to be solved by peaceful measures, based on international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The two sides agreed to realise co-operation agreements soon through action plans among parliamentary friendship groups, boost exchanges between high-ranking officials and committees, enhance supervision of the implementation of agreements signed between the two governments and support negotiations on the signing of a free trade agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union (among Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia) with Viet Nam.
They also agreed to support each other in creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese in Russia and Russian in Viet Nam and work closely together at the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF).
During a meeting with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF)'s Chairman, Gennady Ziuganov, in Moscow yesterday, Trong hailed the KPRF's achievements in affirming its central role on the Russian political stage in recent years.
The General Secretary congratulated KPRF on its results in the local poll conducted in September. Furthermore, he expressed his gratitude for the Russian people and the Communist Party's support for Viet Nam during the processes of national defence and development.
Chairman Ziuganov spoke highly of General Secretary Trong's official visit to Russia, adding that the great achievements Viet Nam had made in the past 30 years showed socialism's strength, making significant contributions to the Communist and international workers' movements.
He said the KPRF continuously endorsed the Russian government's policies to promote solidarity, co-operation and the comprehensive strategic partnership with Viet Nam for the sake of the two nations.
Also yesterday, the Party General Secretary met members of the Russia-Viet Nam Friendship Association and the Russian Association of War Veterans with Viet Nam Experiences in Moscow.
He told them Viet Nam and Russia had nurtured their relationship for decades, standing the test of time, and the Vietnamese people would never forget the valuable assistance provided by their Russian friends in the past and at present.
Over the past six decades, the friendship and solidarity between the two peoples have come to form a centrepiece in the comprehensive bilateral strategic partnership of the two countries, the leader said.
Trong added in full confidence that the two associations would uphold their roles as a bridge connecting the Vietnamese and Russian people, especially since the two countries were gearing up for the 65th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2015.
Members of the two associations expressed hopes of a closer friendship and all-round co-operation between Viet Nam and Russia. They also proposed a number of measures to make it easier for the Vietnamese community to integrate into and adapt to the host society.
On the same day, the Party chief laid a wreath at the memorial site at Red Square, dedicated to unknown soldiers, and paid his respects to Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, also known as Lenin, at his mausoleum. — VNS