Accordingly, Mr. Quan had a series of meetings with senior leaders of key political Parties of Russia, and leaders of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Duma of Russia.

Mr. Hoang Binh Quan awards the Friendship Medal to Mr. Gennady Zyuganov, President of the Communist Party of Russia. (Photo: VOV)

During a meeting with leaders of the Communist Party of Russia, authorized by the Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong, Mr. Quan presented Mr. Gennady Zyuganov, President of the Communist Party of Russia, a Friendship Medal - a noble award of Vietnam for his active and effective contributions to consolidating and developing cooperation between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Communist Party of Russia, helping promote relations between the two States and the two peoples.

Speaking at the medal presenting ceremony, Mr. Zyuganov expressed his honor and gratitude to the leaders of the Vietnamese Party and State for the noble award, pledging to do his utmost to contribute to strengthening and developing relations between the two Parties and the two countries.

During the meetings, the two sides exchanged views on the international and regional situation as well as the cooperative relationship between the two countries and between the Communist Party of Vietnam and Russian political parties. They also worked out measures to strengthen relations on the Party, diplomatic and parliamentary channels, especially in 2019 as the Russia Year in Vietnam and the Vietnam Year in Russia is held, marking the 25th anniversary of the treaty on basic principles for the bilateral relations (1994-2019), and 70th anniversary of the diplomatic ties (1950-2020).

Leaders of the Russian Parties, the National Assembly and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs appreciated the role of the Communist Party of Vietnam in promoting relations with the Russian Federation, affirming that the Russian Parties attach importance to strengthening traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam, considering Vietnam Russia's top priority partner in Southeast Asia.

Leaders of Russian agencies agreed to strengthen inspection over the implementation of the high-level agreements reached between the two countries, especially those reached during the official visit to Russia by Vietnamese Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong in September 2018, including the implementation of large projects between the two countries in the fields of economy, defense, security and military technologies, creating favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community in Russia to stabilize their lives and work, promoting the signing of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the reception of organized Vietnamese labourers in Russia and the Agreement on travel conditions for citizens of the two countries./.

Compiled by BTA