Vietnamese and Russian Presidents hold high-level talks

VOV.VN - President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have affirmed that cooperation in energy, oil and gas remains one of the major pillars of the comprehensive strategic partnership, bringing practical benefits to both countries.

During their talks on November 30, the pair discussed and agreed on important directions and measures to open up a new cooperation period of the Vietnam – Russia comprehensive strategic partnership with a vision to 2030.

President Phuc told his host that Vietnam always treasures its comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia and desires to promote bilateral ties across a multitude of fields for mutual benefits.

He conveyed regards and best wishes of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and other Vietnamese Party and State leaders to the Russian President.

President Putin, in turn, affirmed that Russia always considers Vietnam to be its leading strategic partner in the region.

The pair compared notes on regional and global issues of shared concern, as well as bilateral coordination in the international arena to contribute to common peace, stability and prosperity.

Sharing the view that Vietnam – Russia political and diplomatic ties have a high level of strategic trust with the regular maintenance of meetings at all levels within both bilateral and multilateral frameworks despite the COVID-19 pandemic, they consented to intensify delegation exchange via the Party, State, Government and National Assembly channels as well as locality-to-locality and people-to-people exchanges once the pandemic is brought under control.

Both leaders hailed national defence-security cooperation which has recorded important achievements and deepened reliable political relations between the two countries. They affirmed their determination to turn economic cooperation into an important pillar of the Vietnam- Russia relationship.

There is plenty of room to enhance Vietnam-Russia trade and investment ties as their goods and services are supplementary to each other. They pledged to effectively implement the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union and make breakthroughs in bilateral trade and investment ties in the time ahead.

They concurred to continue maintaining and expanding the operation of Vietnamese oil and gas companies in Russia and Russian oil and gas companies in Vietnam's continental shelf in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The leaders welcomed and pledged to facilitate bilateral collaboration in the supply of liquefied natural gas, thermal and gas-fueled power and renewable energy while accelerating the construction of a nuclear science and technology research centre in Vietnam, considering it one of the major projects between Vietnam and Russia in the near future. 

They applauded the substantial, effective and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Russia across traditional and potential fields of education-training, science-technology, culture, tourism, and information technology.

Host and guest voiced support for stronger relations between localities, friendship organisations and people, thus contributing to enriching the Vietnam-Russia cooperation.

They agreed to reopen direct air services between the two countries immediately after the pandemic is contained in a bid to restore exchanges between people of the countries.

They greatly valued the bilateral cooperation in COVID-19 prevention and control over the recent past, including the sharing of face masks, medical supplies and vaccine.

Regarding international and regional issues, President Phuc appreciated Russia’s role as a world power and increasing prestige in the region, while affirming Vietnam’s readiness to serve as a bridge linking Russia with ASEAN member nations and other countries in Asia-Pacific.

They also discussed collaboration in maintaining peace and stability and ensuring security, safety, freedom of maritime and aviation in Asia-Pacific, particularly in the East Sea, in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS.

The Vietnamese State leader thanked his Russian counterpart and Russian administrations at all levels for offering optimal conditions for Vietnamese citizens studying and living in the European nation, especially ensuring health care for them amid the spread of COVID-19.

At the end of the talks, the two leaders issued a joint vision statement on the Vietnam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership until 2030, which orientates the countries’ reliable cooperation in multitude of fields in a more practical and efficient manner, meeting the long-time interests of both countries, while contributing to peace, security and sustainable development in the region and the world as a whole.

Following the talks, President Putin hosted a banquet in honour of the Vietnamese President and his entourage.

President Phuc invited his Russian counterpart to visit Vietnam again, and his invitation was graciously accepted.