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Vietnam Strengthens Cooperation with Russia, the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan

State President Truong Tan Sang was in Russia from May 7-10 to attend the parade to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and paid state-level visits to the Czech Republic (May 10-13) and Azerbaijan (May 13-15) at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Czech President Milos Zeman and Azerbaijani President IIham Aliyev.
Vietnam-Russia foster their comprehensive strategic partnership

During the visit to Russia to attend the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, State President Truong Tan Sang had talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. During their talks, the leaders discussed many issues on bilateral cooperation and came to a consensus on measures to further foster the Vietnam-Russian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in the new period.

In terms of economics, the two sides agreed that the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union to be signed by the end of this year would be a breakthrough to cement the target of increasing the two-way trade turnover to 10 billion dollars in 2020.

They appreciated the effective operations of the two countries’ oil and gas companies and joint-ventures which are operating on the continental shelf of Vietnam and Russian territories and asserted that they would create all favourable conditions for exercising projects on exploring and exploiting oil and gas reserves as well as new projects on oil refinery and processing.

Related to defence-security, the leaders saw eye-to-eye on strengthening coordination and boosting effective cooperation, firstly in traditional areas such as training military personnel and technical experts.

The two leaders also considered the feasibility of establishing joint-ventures on aquatic-seafood and wood processing in Primorsky and the establishment of light industrial zones in Moscow.

On the occasion, the two sides signed a cooperation agreement between the Moscow and Ho Chi Minh City authorities. He also attended a ceremony in celebration of the first flow of oil from Khosedayu field operated by the Rusvietpetro joint venture in Nenetskiy autonomous region of northern Russia.

Russian President Putin receives State President Truong Tan Sang. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


State President Truong Tan Sang talks with his Russian counterpart Putin. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA

State President Truong Tan Sang, Russian President Putin and heads of countries offer flowers at the Monument of
Unknown Martyrs. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA 



State President Truong Tan Sang and his wife and heads of countries attending a parade pose for a photo. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


State President Truong Tan Sang and his wife attend the victory parade at Red Square. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


It is the largest victory parade in the history of Russia. Photo: AFP/VNA


State President Truong Tan Sang and Russian war veterans. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


State President Truong Tan San offers flowers at the Monument of President Ho Chi Minh in Moscow. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA 
 
Vietnam-the Czech Republic promote multi-faceted cooperation

In recent years, the two-way trade turnover has been modest compared with the two countries’ potential. In 2012, The Czech Republic announced a national export strategy for 2012-2020, in which Vietnam, the only country in ASEAN, was listed as one of its 12 prioritised countries.

The Czech Republic has so far 36 projects in Vietnam, ranking 42nd among 101 countries and territories which have investments in Vietnam with a total registered capital of 64 million dollars, mainly in the fields of real estate, beer, electrical equipment and construction materials.

During this visit, State President Truong Tan Sang and Czech President Milos Zeman agreed to continue strengthening cooperation in traditional areas as well as other fields of defence-security, science-technology, culture-sports and tourism, transportation, energy, telecommunications, agricultural machinery manufacturing, electrical equipment, healthcare equipment, construction materials, glass-crystal and food processing.

The two sides also discussed some regional and international issues of shared concern, including the East Sea. They agreed that all disputes should be settled by peaceful means in line with international law, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) for peace, stability, maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the region. 


The welcoming ceremony for State President Truong Tan Sang is held solemnly at the Czech Presidential Palace.
Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


Czech President Milos Zeman talks with State President Truong Tan Sang. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


State President Truong Tan Sang and Czech President Milos Zeman attend the Vietnam Economic-Tourism Cooperation
Forum in the Czech Republic. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


State President Truong Tan Sang meets with Czech Senate President Milan Stech. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA

State President Truong Tan Sang meets with Jan Hamacek, Chairman of the Czech Republic’s Chamber of Deputies.
Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


State President Truong Tan Sang meets with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


State President Truong Tan Sang meets with friends of the Czech Republic. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA

State President Truong Tan Sang and his wife go on a sightseeing tour to Karlovy Vary city. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA 
 
Vietnam-Azerbaijan Promote Cooperation in Oil and Gas

During his visit to Azerbaijan, State President Truong Tan Sang and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev agreed to increase the two-way trade volume to 1 billion dollars in the future from 400 million dollars in 2014. 

The leaders emphasised that cooperation in oil and gas was considered a long-term prioritised strategy. Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev affirmed to create favorable conditions, including the legal foundation, to promote investment by Vietnam in Azerbaijan towards expanding cooperation in oil and gas exploitation in the third countries.

On this occasion, the two sides signed many important cooperation documents, including an inter-governmental agreement on administrative cooperation and support in customs and an inter-governmental agreement on aviation transport, a memorandum of understanding between the two countries’ rural development and  agricultural ministry, a memorandum of understanding in transportation cooperation between the two countries’ transport ministry and a memorandum of understanding in oil and gas cooperation between PetroVietnam and Azerbaijan Oil and Gas Group.

Regarding regional and international issues, including the East Sea, the Azerbaijani leader supported Vietnam’s viewpoint on settling all disputes by peaceful means, non-use of force or the threat of using force, in accordance with international law and the United Nations Charter. 


Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev receives State President Truong Tan Sang and his wife.
Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


The welcoming ceremony for State President Truong Tan Sang is held solemnly in the Presidential Palace in Baku.
Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA



Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev talks with State President Truong Tan Sang. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and State President Truong Tan Sang witness the signing of a memorandum of
understanding between PetroVietnam and Azerbaijani Oil and Gas Group. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA



Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and State President Truong Tan Sang attend and address the Vietnam-Azerbaijan Business Forum.
Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


State President Truong Tan Sang meets with Ogtay Asadov, the Speaker of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan.
Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA



State President Truong Tan Sang receives Azerbaijani Prime Minister Actur Rasizade. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA 

State President Truong Tan Sang and Vietnamese students who are studying in Azerbaijan. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA

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