VN enhances multifaceted cooperation with Belarus and Russia

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and his wife led a high- ranking delegation to pay two official visits to Belarus and Russia respectively from June 26 to July 1, at an invitation of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The visits target to consolidate multifaceted cooperation relations with international friends, contributed to continue implementing multilateral and diversiform diplomatic policies.

The Vietnamese leader gave an interview to press agencies of Russia and Belarus before the visits. He reviewed the achievements of traditional friendly relations and comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and Russia in previous years. 

Over the past 65 years since Vietnam and Russia established diplomatic relations, the two countries became strategic partners in 2001 and upgraded their relations to the comprehensive strategic partnership in July, 2012.

Both countries pushed up economic and commercial cooperation ties, bilateral trade exchange, cooperative expansion of automobile production and assembly.

In order to raise effectiveness and development of the comprehensive strategic partnership  in the upcoming time, Vietnam and Russia need to continue promoting political relations, cooperation of trade, energy, defense and security, education and training, science and technology, high- quality technology etc etc… 

For diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Belarus, President Tran Dai Quang said that the two sides have potentialities to develop effectively the traditional friendly ties and mutual political belief. 

President Tra Dai Quang appreciated important role of the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) and Belarusian — Vietnamese Protocol on motor vehicle manufacturing, which were signed and took effective two years ago.

He appreciated the signing of Free Trade Agreement between EAEU with Vietnam, and believed that effective implementation of the agreement will create new motivation to increase trade turnover between Vietnam and EAEU up to US$ 10 billion by 2020. 

After the agreement takes effective, trade turnover between Vietnam and Russia will increase by an average of 18- 20 percent a year, reach US$ 10-12 billion by 2020.


BY BAO MINH- Translated by Huyen Huong

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