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Workshop spotlights flourishing Russia-Vietnam relations

A scientific workshop themed “Russia in the eyes of Vietnamese researchers of Russian studies: humanistic aspects” was organised in Hanoi on December 10, highlighting the fruitful development of Russia - Vietnam relations.

In his opening speech, Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Gennady Bezdetko said the event offered an opportunity for Vietnamese researchers who specialise in Russian studies to discuss the role and position of Russia in the Asia-Pacific region, and economic, trade and humanity cooperation between Russia and Vietnam.

He highlighted the flourishing development of the Russia - Vietnam strategic partnership in the last two decades, saying that the relations has been strengthened and is confidently developing across fields in the spirit of friendship and cooperation for mutual benefit.

High-level and top-level political dialogues have been still maintained despite many impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ambassador said.

During Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc's recent visit to Russia, the two sides approved a joint statement on the vision of the comprehensive strategic partnership until 2030.

According to the diplomat, the most important direction in the Russia - Vietnam cooperation remains the cooperation in oil and gas industry, military and military technology, and coordination of action in areas of energy, transportation, industrial production, digital technology, education and training, science and culture.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung highlighted the significance of the workshop, saying that it helped connect scholars and researchers in the fields Russian studies and Vietnam - Russia relations.

The 13th National Party Congress affirmed that Vietnam would continue pursuing a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance and multilateralisation and diversification of relations, in which Russia is a traditional partner, a comprehensive strategic partner and a top priority in Vietnam's external policy, he said.

Russia is an important partner of Vietnam in the fields of energy, and oil and gas. Joint cooperation projects between the two sides have been implemented effectively in both Vietnam and Russia, he noted, adding that the two countries have also expanded cooperation to clean and renewable energy.

The increasingly tightened and strengthened relations between the two countries will be a foundation for maintaining security and stability in the region and the world, he stressed.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Chien Thang, Director of the Institute of European Studies, said Russia is an important subject of international relations that makes active contributions to the integration and cooperation processes in the region and the world.

Scientists of Vietnam and Russia discussed, analysed deeply and proposed solutions to strengthen the role and position of Russia in the Asia-Pacific region in general, and strengthen cooperative ties between Russia and Vietnam in particular./.