02/06/2016 17:18 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

New Impetus for the Vietnam-Russia Comprehensive Partnership

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc paid an official visit to Russia from May 16-20. It is his first trip abroad in his new position  which shows Vietnam’s consistent policy on attaching much attention to and giving priorities to strengthening the Vietnam-Russia comprehensive partnership. 
During their talks, in an open, friendly and reliable atmosphere, the Russian leaders affirmed Vietnam is one of the top priority countries in its foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region and expressed their wish to promote cooperation with Vietnam in all aspects.

The two sides agreed to maintain high-level contacts; continue closely and effectively coordinating at international forums; enhance the efficiency of cooperation mechanisms between the two counties, especially the Inter-governmental Commission on economic-trade and scientific-technical cooperation; the strategic dialogue on diplomacy and security; strive to rapidly increase the bilateral trade turnover and closely coordinate to implement effectively the free trade agreement between Vietnam and  the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).
 


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc talks with Russian Prime Minister D.Medvedev. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

The two Prime Ministers witness the signing of cooperative agreements in oil and gas . Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has a meeting with Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of the Federation Council.
Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with Speaker of Russia's State Duma Sergei Naryshkin. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the ground-breaking ceremony of the dairy cow breeding and farming project
of TH True Milk (Vietnam) built in Moskva. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNP

 
During the visit, the two sides signed nine cooperative documents in oil and gas, investment and agriculture. Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) and Russia’s top oil and gas companies signed a number of new agreements on expanding cooperation, including Vietnam’s activities for exploration in Russia and Russian exploitation and exploration on the continental shelf of Vietnam.

Regarding the East Sea issue, the Russian leaders supported the settlement of disputes in the East Sea through peaceful measures in line with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Within the framework of his stay in Russia, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived in Sochi to attend the Commemorative Summit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Relationship.
 


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi.  Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and heads of delegations pose for a photo at the summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNP

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the plenary session of the summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA
  
Panoramic view of the summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

The Sochi Summit, an important development in ASEAN-Russian Relations

Over the past 20 years since ASEAN and Russia established the dialogue partnership in 1996, ASEAN-Russian relations have seen important developments. The ASEAN-Russia convened the commemorative summit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Relationship initiated by President Putin showed both side’s common awareness of  the requirements and potential for strengthening cooperation in the new context. President Putin also officially expressed his wish to lift the Russia-ASEAN relationship to a strategic partnership.

At the summit, the leaders approved the Sochi Declaration and other documents which will serve as an important framework for promoting ASEAN-Russia cooperation in the future. It has a significant meaning of affirming principles and orientations for the bilateral relations in the fields of politics-security, economics-trade, culture-society, strengthening connections, supporting ASEAN’s integration and narrowing development gaps, contributing to fostering and maintaining an environment of peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

Attending the summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc proposed a series of solutions on giving priorities to promote the ASEAN-Russia partnership, including cooperation inpolitics-security, economics, trade, investment, energy, tourism, education-training, science-technology, cultural and people-to-people exchanges, cooperation on response to  climate change and natural disaster prevention.
 


The Prime Minister meets with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong in Sochi. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

The Prime Minister meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Sochi. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


The Prime Minister meets with his Malaysian counterpart NajibRazak in Sochi. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


The Prime Minister meets with his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Hun Sen in Sochi. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


The Prime Minister meets with Myanmar’s President HtinKyaw in Sochi. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA
 
In regard to the regional situation, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc mentioned recent complicated happenings in the East Sea, causing concern for the international community and ASEAN countries including Vietnam.

The Prime Minister affirmed that Vietnam and other ASEAN countries consider peace and security in the East Sea important to peace and security in the region. It is necessary to guarantee security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation, not to use or threaten to use force.He added that relevant parties must resolve disputes by peaceful measures, respect diplomatic and legal processes in line with international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS, fully comply with the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and push for a Code of Conduct (COC) in the waters.

He emphasised that the current situation poses an urgent need that the relevant nations must exercise self-restraint, halt unilateral actions, and not conduct militarisation. He called for promoting dialogues and negotiations to resolve the disputes and build the COC, while respecting international diplomatic and legal processes and strengthening measures for building up trust and preventive diplomacy.

Related to this issue, in the Sochi Declaration the ASEAN-Russia leaders highlighted the importance and common interest of maintaining peace, stability, security and safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea for the region and world’s peace and development; underlined  ASEAN’s principle stance that disputes should be solved by peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS, standards and norms in line with ICAO and IMO; without the use of or threat of force. They urged self-restraint, no acts to further complicate the situation and full and effective compliance with the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) signed by ASEAN and China in 2002, and the early achievement of a Code of Conduct (COC) in the waters.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had contacts with leaders of ASEAN to discuss bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern. All the contacts were practical and aimed at exchanging concrete measures on promoting bilateral relations between Vietnam and ASEAN countries.
 

ASEAN has a population of 630 million people with a GDP of 2,570 billion dollars and a stable economic growth rate. In the past five years, the trade turnover between Russia and ASEAN countries is two fold and recorded 21.5 billion dollar in 2014. Russia has strength in fuel, energy, high technology, machines, military equipment and chemical products, whereas ASEAN’s strengths lie in agricultural and manufacturing products.

 

 
By VNA/VNP
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