Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh made the statement during a reception for Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Gennady Bezdetko in Hanoi on August 3, during which the former pledged to offer the best possible conditions for the later during his term of office in the country.
Vietnam regards Russia as one of the top priorities in its external policy, and desires to reinforce time-honoured friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia in a more practical and effective manner, the Vietnamese Government chief told his guest.
Chinh showed his elation at the positive development of the bilateral ties, with all-level meetings being maintained via phone and online talks. Amid the increasingly complicated COVID-19 pandemic, bilateral economic links have continued to see growth, with two-way trade hitting US$ 2.6 billion in the first half of 2021, representing a 13% year-on-year rise.
The cabinet leader thanked Russia and Novatek group for donating Spunik V vaccine to Vietnam.
He suggested the Russian diplomat work closely with Vietnamese ministries and agencies and continue bolstering bilateral ties in such field as politics, national defence-security, economy, trade, investment, science-technology, education-training, especially in basic sciences and humanity, culture, arts and sports.
Vietnam always welcomes and stays ready to create optimal conditions for foreign investors and those from Russia in particular to explore and engage in investment projects in accordance with the country's law, particularly in fields where Russia has strengths and Vietnam has demand such as infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, for the benefit of the two nations and for peace, cooperation, development in the region and the world, Chinh emphasized.
In response, the Russian Ambassador described Vietnam as a priority partner of Russia in Asia-Pacific and agreed with measures and orientations to promote the bilateral ties as suggested by PM Chinh.
Bezdetko pledged to further enhance and tighten the bilateral relations, especially in the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in both nations and across the globe as well.
Regarding regional and global issues, the pair vowed to continue close coordination and mutual support at multilateral forums such as the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
On the East Sea issue, they underlined the importance of ensuring security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the region, as well as settling disputes over sovereignty, sovereign right and jurisdiction via peaceful measures and solutions in line with the United Nations Charter and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).