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Vietnam can help connect EAEU, ASEAN: Russian scholar

 Vietnam is a model in Asia-Europe cooperation and can act as a bridge for the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) to get closer to the ASEAN, according to Anton Viktorovich Bredikhin, political scientist and editor-in-chief of the Russian scientific journal Arkhont.

In an interview with a Vietnamese News Agency (VNA) correspondent in Moscow, Bredikhin noted that the EAEU has signed free trade agreements (FTA) with many countries including Vietnam, Singapore, Serbia, Iran and Cuba.

As the first country to sign a FTA with the union, Vietnam can become a bridge connecting the EAEU and the ASEAN, and help lay the foundation for a broader FTA area between the two groupings.

He stressed that Russia has driven its pivot to the East since 2014 and given priority to expanding its relations with Asia-Pacific countries./.