At the opening ceremony of the Vietnam Year in Russia and Russia Year in Vietnam (Photo: VGP)Reviewing Russia’s development achievements since its declaration of national sovereignty on June 12th, 1990, Ambassador Konstantin Vnukov confirmed that his country attaches great importance to developing cooperation with all countries in the world, with special attention to the Asia - Pacific region which he said had become the economic and political center of the world.
“We see huge prospects in continuing to increase cooperation with the Asia - Pacific region and promoting cooperative relationship with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO),” he said.
Confirming that Russia considers Vietnam one of its most important Asia - Pacific partners, he added that the profound changes in Russia and in the world had not affected the reinforcement of the bilateral comprehensive relationship since the establishment of diplomatic ties nearly 70 years ago. “The two countries have succeeded in building a firm foundation for promoting comprehensive relationship, with the legal basis of the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership in 2012,” he went on to say.
He expressed his country’s pleasure with the high political trust and effective bilateral dialogues over the past years. In 2018 alone, the two countries successfully carried out four major bilateral visits. Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Russia, while Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav V. Volodin visited Vietnam.
According to the Russian Ambassador, economic and trade cooperation played an important role in the Vietnam - Russia relationship. In 2018, for the first time, the two-way trade turnover exceeded USD6 billion. “We realize that the two countries’ cooperation on the international arena, including at the United Nations and regional forums such as EAS, APEC and ASEM, is very effective,” he said.
Strong development has also been reported in cooperation in science and technology. Over the past years, the Vietnam - Russia Tropical Center has developed successfully while the relationship between localities has been reinforced. “Russian localities care more and more about setting up cooperative relationships with Vietnamese provinces and cities,” he said.
Additionally, education and tourism cooperation has also been expanded. There are currently nearly 5,000 Vietnamese students in Russia. In 2018, over 600,000 Russian visitors came to Vietnam. To boost the friendly and cooperative relationship, over 150 joint activities in diverse areas will be held in 2019 and 2020 to mark the Vietnam Year in Russia and Russia Year in Vietnam.
In 2020, Russia and Vietnam will celebrate the 70th year since establishing diplomatic relations, and June 16th this year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Agreement of Basic Principles for Vietnam - Russia Friendship.
“I believe that our joint actions, based on the experience in history, the traditional friendship and mutual affection, will continue to be reinforced,” stressed Ambassador Konstantin Vnukov./.