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Vietnam-Russia: new cooperation goals



Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Vietnam as a result of which 17 important cooperative documents on various aspects were signed between Russia and Vietnam. President’s visit lasted only one day but was of extreme importance for strengthening the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.


President Putin wrote an article entitled “Russia-Vietnam: Together for New Cooperation Goals” featuring the development of relations between the two nations. He wrote: “Russian-Vietnamese friendship has stood the test of time, having lived through the numerous tragic events of the 20th century and drastic changes in the world as well as in our countries. The main thing has always remained the same, however – respect towards each other, traditions of confidence and mutual assistance, the ability to appreciate selfless support of the partners that they will never betray.”


The Russian President met the Vietnamese leaders, including State President Truong Tan Sang, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and the two sides agreed to upgrade theirrelations to the comprehensive strategic partnership that opens up new practical opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation in many aspects.


The two countries agreed that the two sides should have breakthrough measures to promote the trade and investment relations and give top priority to human resources to early sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the Customs Union of Russia-Kazakhstan-Belarus. They stressed prioritising cooperation in nuclear power, especially the deployment of a joint-project to the Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power Plant No.1.


Also the two sides affirmed to continue strengthening cooperation in oil and gas exploration and exploitation in Vietnam’s continental shelf in line with international Law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.


Moreover both sides agreed to continue cooperation in the fields, such as mineral exploration, transportation, civil aviation, ship building, mechanical manufacturing, information and telecommunications; researching the ability of cooperation and investment in building a light industrial zone in the far-east area of Russia.


Cooperation in the field of defence and military technique was also discussed with the aim of ensuring peace, stability and sustainable development in Asia-Pacific.


All in all, the two sides emphasized the importance of the relationship and cooperation between Vietnam and Russia in the Asian-Pacific region, in the framework of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and regional structures, such as ARF, EAS, ASEM, ADMM+ and agreed to strengthen cooperation between Russia-ASEAN, promoting peace, cooperation and development in the region and in the world.


17 cooperation documents between the two countries included the following HE-related agreements:

- Agreement between Vietnam and Russia on Vietnamese citizens studying in Russia’s education institutions

- Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in science, technology and creative renovation

- Agreement between the Hanoi University of Business and Technology and the Moscow Academy of Economics and Law on the establishment of the Vietnam-Russia University of Humanities



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