Vietnam calls on Russia, Ukraine to exercise restraint, reduce tensions

VOV.VN - Vietnam expects Russia and Ukraine will exercise restraint, reduce tensions and continue to make dialogue efforts to find a lasting solution to the armed conflict in line with international law and taking into account the legitimate interests of the parties.

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son expressed his desires during his phone calls with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov on March 15 and with Ukrainian FM Dmytro Kuleba on March 16, discussing the conflict situation in Ukraine.

Vietnam is willing to join the international community in contributing to this process, said Son.

He affirmed Vietnam’s consistent stance that international disputes and disagreements should be resolved by peaceful means, in compliance with basic principles of the United Nations Charter and international law, especially the principle of respect for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries.

Son suggested that Russia and Ukraine continue to organize humanitarian corridors and take measures to ensure the safety of civilians, including Vietnamese in Ukraine, to evacuate from war zones.

Both Minister Lavrov and Minister Kuleba said Russia and Ukraine would continue to maintain and strengthen cooperation with Vietnam, and that they would try to support the safe evacuation of Vietnamese citizens.

During his phone call with Minister Lavrov, Minister Son also requested that Russia continue to create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community in Russia to stabilize life, production and business.

While talking to his Ukrainian counterpart Kuleba, Minister Son shared about losses suffered by local people, and emphasized that Vietnam supports international efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to people in the country.

Vietnam is willing to work with Ukraine to resume exchange and cooperation activities between the two countries after peace and stability is restored in Ukraine, he said.

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