Vietnam, Russia agree to enhance strategic partnership

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks on Tuesday in Russia.

MOSCOW - Viet Nam and Russia also issued a joint statement yesterday, affirming that both countries would continue strengthening their comprehensive strategic partnership.

During his visit, the Vietnamese Party leader held talks with President Vladimir Putin and met Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev, the chairwoman of Russia's Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, and acting chairman of the State Duma, Ivan Melnikov.

They confirmed their policy of fostering a comprehensive strategic partnership and stressed the co-ordinating role of the Viet Nam-Russia Intergovernmental Committee in economics, trade, science, and technology cooperation.

They expressed their satisfaction at negotiations for a free-trade agreement between Viet Nam and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, which is expected to be signed next year.

They spoke of the strategic importance of co-operation in nuclear energy, particularly the construction of the Ninh Thuan 1 Nuclear Power Plant, and agreed to accelerate the implementation of a project to build a nuclear science and technology centre in Viet Nam.

They also emphasised prospects for co-operation in industry, agriculture, fisheries, credit, finance, military and military technology, national defence, and security.

They confirmed the importance of co-operation in education, science, and technology and welcomed the organisation of cultural days and an increase in exchanges.

They also agreed to work together to celebrate important events next year. including the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties, the 40th anniversary of the national reunification, the 70th anniversary of Victory Day of Russia's Great Patriotic War, and the 70th National Day of Viet Nam.

The Party leader invited President Putin to visit Viet Nam at an appropriate time and the Russian President accepted the invitation.