Russian Ambassador praises cooperation with Viet Nam
|Russian Ambassador to Viet Nam Gennady Bezdetko (Photo: The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Russia Ambassador said the Russia visit by a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation led by President Nguyen Xuan Phuc was one of the important events in the bilateral agenda last year. The Russia – Viet Nam traditional ties were also fostered via visits by Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, during which both sides reached agreements to enhance links across economy-investment, national defense and security, science and technology, culture and education.
Last year, the two countries celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Joint Statement on Viet Nam – Russia strategic partnership, the 40th anniversary of oil and gas joint-venture Vietsovpetro, and the 15th anniversary of the Viet Nam – Russia Joint Venture Bank.
The ambassador stressed that since the Free Trade Agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union and Viet Nam took effect in October 2016, two-way trade has increased considerably. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Viet Nam remains the biggest trade partner of Russia in ASEAN.
Speaking highly of the coordinating role of the Russia – Viet Nam Inter-Governmental Committee on Trade, Economic and Scientific-Technological Cooperation led by the two Deputy Prime Ministers, he said two-way trade hit record last year, reaching 4.97 billion USD as of November, up 12.07 percent annually.
According to him, Russia’s leading natural gas producer PAO Novatek is exploring the possibility of launching liquefied natural gas projects in Viet Nam. Meanwhile, GAZ Group and Vietnam is also cooperating in vehicle assembling, with its factory in Da Nang to be put into operation. The Rosatom State Corporation specializing in nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is pushing forward the construction of a nuclear sci-tech center in Vietnam.
In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Bezdetko said apart from donating “Sputnik V” và “Sputnik Light” vaccines, Russia also transferred vaccine production technology and medicines to Viet Nam. Both sides shared experience in COVID-19 diagnosis, treatment and prevention, as well as sanitary and epidemiological measures.
Bezdetko, who has lived in Viet Nam for many years, also hailed Vietnam’s achievements in improving its position in the international arena and people’s lives in recent years.
He said the Vietnamese people always maintain their long-standing customs and traditions, considering it the biggest success of the Asian nation.