Party chief elated at growing Vietnam-Russia ties despite COVID-19

VOV.VN - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong has expressed his delight at the fruitful development of bilateral ties across a variety of fields even amid adverse impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a reception for newly-appointed Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Gennady Bezdetko in Hanoi on August 13, the Party leader affirmed that the nation always appreciated the wholehearted support and assistance that the former Soviet Union and the current Russian Federation have given to Vietnam.

The Vietnamese Party, State and people have consistently treasured and stepped up cooperative relations with Russia, Trong said, adding that both nations’ senior leaders have regularly held online conversations and phone talks as a way to further ties between the two countries.

Vietnam and Russia have shared common stances on almost all international issues, and closely coordinated with and offered mutual support at regional and global multilateral forums. Relations between the CPV and political parties of Russia have made great strides, contributing to the promotion of Vietnam-Russia ties relations , the Vietnamese Party leader said.

As Vietnam and Russia are celebrating the 20th founding anniversary of strategic partnership in 2021 and entering the second decade of comprehensive strategic partnership, the Party General Secretary wished for greater efforts from both sides to take the bilateral relationship to new heights.

Trong thanked Russia for its assistance to Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19, while suggesting agencies and organisations augment cooperation in pandemic prevention and control, including the supply of vaccines and transfer of vaccine production technology to Vietnam.

Trong expressed his belief that that Ambassador Bezdetko, with years of working experience and close ties with Vietnam, will continue making positive and effective contributions to the fraternal Vietnam-Russia relationship in the time ahead.

Bezdetko, in turn, affirmed his nation’s recognition of great importance to its comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam and regarded Vietnam as a priority in Russia’s foreign policy in Asia-Pacific.

Russian leaders greatly valued relations between the CPV and political parties in Russia, especially the outcomes of recent phone talks between Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Vladimir Putin and Chairman of the United Russia Party Dmitry Medvedev.

The Russian diplomat thanked Vietnam for offering medical supplies and equipment for the COVID-19 fight, especially in 2020 when Russia faced difficulties.

He ensured Russia’s willingness to cooperate with Vietnam in COVID-19 prevention and control, adding that the two countries’ relevant organisations are scheduled to sign contracts to supply vaccines for the Southeast Asian nation in the coming time

The Ambassador said, in his new position, he pledged his best efforts to propel Russia-Vietnam relations forward.