Vietnam-Russia relations grow vibrantly in 2017: diplomat

Friday, 2017-12-22 17:05:25
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Energy and fuel cooperation is a bright spot in Vietnam-Russia economic cooperation in 2017.
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NDO – 2017 has marked an important milestone in the development of the cooperation between Vietnam and Russia, across the fields of politics, economy, technology, military and humanity, Aleksey Popov, Russian Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City, said at a press conference announcing the outcomes of Vietnam-Russia cooperation in 2017, on December 22.

The diplomat affirmed that Russia always considers Vietnam as its reliable partner and a long-standing friend, and is determined to expand its comprehensive strategic partnership with the Southeast Asian country. The bilateral political ties continued to grow vibrantly in 2017, manifested through the active exchange of high-level delegations between the two sides’ leaders.

Vietnam-Russia economic and trade relations have registered strong progress, with two-way trade hitting nearly US$4 billion in the first ten months of 2017, up 36% over the same period last year. Russia has invested US$2 billion in Vietnam so far this year, while Vietnam’s investment in the Eurasia nation reached approximately US$2.9 billion. Defence and security cooperation has been significantly strengthened, via the regular exchange of delegations and the effective operation of the Intergovernmental Committee for Military Technical Cooperation.

The localities of Russia and Vietnam continue to conduct direct bilateral contact, aimed at promoting the diverse cooperation between the two countries’ cities and provinces. In 2017, HCM City welcomed many leaders and local representatives of the Russian Federation, such as the President of the Republic of Tatarstan and a delegation from Kursk province.

Cultural and educational exchanges between the two countries have also taken place throughout 2017, with an array of cultural and arts exchange activities held in HCM City, such as performances by Russian artists, musical activities on the Russian Culture Day in Vietnam, and celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Russian October Revolution.

According to Aleksey Popov, 2018 promises to be a year of multiple exciting and effective activities in developing the Russia-Vietnam relationship, with dialogues and the exchange of high-level delegations between the two countries. As scheduled, in 2018, a delegation of leaders from the State Duma and the Federation Council of Russia will visit Vietnam, while a high-level delegation of the Vietnamese National Assembly will pay a visit to Russia. The two countries will carry out preparatory activities for the organisation of the “Russia Year in Vietnam” and the “Vietnam Year in Russia” in 2019, as well as a programme marking 25 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Russia friendship treaty. In early 2018, Saint-Petersburg and HCM City will finalise all the preparations and move towards signing a multi-faceted friendly cooperation document between the two localities.

As stated by Vyacheslav Kharinov, Russia’s chief trade representative, the bright spot in Vietnam-Russia economic cooperation is reflected through the cooperation activities in the field of energy and fuel. In the first 11 months of 2017, Vietsovpetro, a joint Vietnamese-Russian enterprise for oil and gas exploration, exploited more than 4 million tonnes of oil and liquefied gas. Meanwhile, Rusvietpetro, another joint venture, also exploited over 2 million tonnes of oil in the Nenensk autonomous region of Russia in the first nine months of this year, he said.