President receives Russian envoy

 President Truong Tan Sang reiterated Viet Nam and Russia's flourishing development in economic and cultural co-operation while receiving Mikhail Shvydkoi, the Russian President's envoy for international cultural ties, in Ha Noi yesterday.

Sang welcomed the visit of the envoy in preparation for the upcoming official visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He expressed his pleasure at the robust development in the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries and said the two sides had teamed up to promote cultural exchanges.

President Truong Tan Sang receives Mikhail Shvydkoi, the Russian President's envoy for international cultural ties. — Photo Nguyen Khang

The two sides needed to set up an annual plan to make their co-operation more practical, he said, adding that he agreed with the initiative to increase media co-operation between the two countries.

He highlighted the effective co-operation between the Vietnam News Agency and Russia's ITAR-TASS in the past.

Shvydkoi expressed his pleasure at returning to see Viet Nam's dynamic development.

He said he believed that the Russian President's upcoming visit would help boost co-operation between the two countries.

At the reception, representatives of Russian culture and media businesses and agencies expressed their wish to have more media co-operation opportunities between the two countries to promote additional publications, which would help boost the two peoples' mutual understanding and friendship.

Media meeting

General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Nguyen Duc Loi held a working session with visiting Russian Presidential Envoy for International Cultural Co-operation Mikhail Shvydkoi, in Ha Noi yesterday.

The VNA leader said the comprehensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Russia had developed fruitfully in various realms, including co-operation in information and communications.

He noted that the VNA and Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency worked together closely in the exchange of information and delegations and human resource development, meeting the demand for information in an ever-developing media landscape.

Loi expressed his hope that Russian media agencies would continue to provide the VNA with information on Russia and the country's official viewpoints on international issues, as well as on the Vietnamese community in Russia.

He asked for the envoy's assistance so that the VNA and ITAR-TASS will successfully organise a photo exhibition spotlighting the relationship between the two countries and broadly cover the upcoming official visit to Viet Nam by President Vladimir Putin.

He added that the VNA also need Russia's help in training reporters and editors in the Russian language.

In response, Shvydkoi stated that he believed President Putin's upcoming visit to Viet Nam would allow the bilateral relationship to be elevated to new heights.

He spoke highly of the quality of the VNA's media coverage, saying he was delighted at the close co-operation between the two national news agencies, contributing to enhancing the traditional friendship between the two nations.

He revealed that Russia wanted to set up a joint co-operation committee for press and stands ready to help Viet Nam train journalists working for Russian-language publications.

During his stay in Viet Nam, the envoy also had working sessions with the Ministry of Information and Communications and Vietnam Television.


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