Medvedev’s Vietnam visit hits Russian headlines

(VOV) - The Russian media such as the Ria Novosti, Itar Tass, and Interfax news agencies and the national television channel “Rossia” have widely covered Prime Minister Medvedev’s activities in Hanoi, as well as results of his meetings with Vietnamese leaders.

On November 7, under the title “A free trade area between Vietnam and the Customs Union should be established soon”, the national “1 TV” channel highlighted the potential for economic cooperation between Russia and Vietnam, and ASEAN as a whole.

Ria Novosti quoted a news source as saying that two-way trade in 2011 increased by 25 percent and is likely to reach US$7 billion in 2015.

It said negotiations for a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus in 2013 will open up opportunities for both sides.

TASS (also known as a business directory) and Rio Novosty said Russia and Vietnam are effectively cooperating in energy through the success of the joint-venture enterprise Vietsovpetro.

Other newspapers underlined the results of education and training cooperation between the two countries.

Over the past 60 years, Russia has helped train 52,000 Vietnamese experts, they said, adding that there are now 6,000 Vietnamese students in the European country.