President’s visit dominates Russian headlines

Russia’s ITAR-TASS and RIA-Novosti News Agencies and television stations have underscored the significance of President Truong Tan Sang’s visit to Russia.

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They quoted Prime Minister Medvedev as saying that bilateral cooperation in trade and humanitarian areas has proved very effective, with two-way trade estimated at US$3 billion in 2012.

During their coming talks, President Putin and his Vietnamese counterpart will discuss ways to promote political dialogues and broaden mutual cooperation in all aspects.

The Kremlin has issued a press release highlighting the recent results of close cooperation between the two countries in various areas, especially in tourism and education and training.

According to the release, as many as 52,000 Vietnamese experts have graduated from Russian universities, 2,200 of them as doctors and doctors of science.

There are now 6,000 Vietnamese studying at universities and colleges in Russia, 1,700 of them under an exchange program between the two countries.

The Russian side appreciates Vietnam’s unilateral visa exemption for Russian citizens visiting Vietnam within 15 days.

The number of Russian visitors to Vietnam reached 78,000 in 2011 and 87,000 in the first five months of 2012.