During his working trip to the country, he met with leaders of the ruling United Russia Party and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, and the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Popularization and Education Vo Van Thuong (centre) shakes hands with Chairman of Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov (Photo: VNA)

At the sessions, the sides discussed situations of each Party and country. They also took note of the results of numerous activities in the Vietnam Year in Russia and the Russia Year in Vietnam, which mark the 25th year of the treaty on fundamental principles of Vietnam-Russia friendship and the 70th year of bilateral diplomatic ties.

They reiterated that the cooperation between the two countries’ Parties serves as an important political foundation and a driving force to strengthen the Vietnam-Russia relations.

Touching upon regional and international circumstances, Thuong informed the Russian side on current complicated developments in the East Sea. He affirmed Vietnam’s consistent stance of settling disputes in the East Sea by peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982).

He spoke highly of Russia’s standpoint on respecting the supremacy of international law on resolving disputes related to sovereignty of nations and supporting the maintenance of peace, security, maritime and aviation safety in the East Sea.

During the meeting with Chairman of Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov, the Vietnamese official highly valued the cooperation of the two Parties over the time.

The Parties need to bolster joint activities in ideological sector and culture in the next year to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and the 130th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh, he said.

Earlier, the Party delegation led by Thuong paid tribute to the late Vietnamese President at a square named after him in Moscow./.

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