Vietnam, Russia discuss future cooperative plans

Vietnam and Russia have agreed on a range of directions and specific measures to strengthen and expand their bilateral cooperation in the traditional area of energy, including nuclear energy, oil and gas, mining and military technology.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (L) pays a courtesy visit to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow on December 15 (Photo: SGGP)

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, reached consensus on these issues during their talks in the capital city of Moscow on Dec. 15.

Both prime ministers expressed delight at comprehensive development of the Vietnam-Russia strategic cooperative partnership in all fields such as politics, security, national defense, economy, trade, science, technology, culture and education as well as coordination in the international arena.

The two leaders noted with pleasure that despite the adverse impacts of the global economic-financial crisis, Vietnam-Russia two-way trade is estimated to reach USD1.5 billion  this year, up 5 percent since 2008.

They agreed to consider the possibility of holding negotiations to sign a bilateral free trade agreement, and step up cooperative ties in culture, education, science-technology and tourism.

PM Dung said Vietnam supports Russian companies’ plans to upgrade energy projects, which were built with help of the former Soviet Union, as well as to build new projects, including nuclear plants.

He also voiced his support for cooperation between enterprises in the fields of mining, civil aviation, manufacturing of automobiles and agricultural machines.

Following the talks, the two PMs signed a memorandum of understanding on the results of the talks and witnessed the signing of deals between the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group and the Gazprom Group and the Inter Rao, and an agreement between the Electricity of Vietnam Group and the energy group Rosatom.

Other signed deals included a partnership between the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam and the Russia Bank for Foreign Trade, a pact between Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Russian Ministry for Economic Development and an accord on military cooperation.

The two Prime Ministers later held a joint press conference, where both of them expressed belief that the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Russia will continue to develop on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and support.

Earlier on the same day, PM Dung paid a courtesy visit to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

In an atmosphere of friendliness and mutual understanding, the two leaders exchanged on issues relating to bilateral ties and expressed their delights at the positive development of the strategic partnership and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Russia in all aspects.

The two sides emphasized the decisive significance of the high-level annual political dialogue mechanism, saying that it helps the two countries urgently exchange ideas and reach an agreement on measures to boost bilateral ties.

The two sides also discussed major diplomatic activities between the two countries in 2010, especially a visit to Russia by Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh in the first half of the year and Russian President Medvedev’s visit to Vietnam to attend the second Russia-ASEAN Summit in Hanoi and the 60th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties.

PM Dung and his entourage also laid a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Statue in Moscow.

Later that day, PM Dung and his entourage left Moscow, heading to the Danish capital of Copenhagen to attend the UN Climate Change Conference.

Source: VNA

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