Putin to meet with leader of the Communist Party of Vietnam

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on 6 September in Sochi with the secretary-general of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, with whom he will discuss issues of trade and investment cooperation, said the adviser to the Head of State Russian, Yuri Ushakov, to the press.

“Priority attention during the talks between Putin and Nguyen Phu Trong will focus on issues of trade cooperation and investment,” the Russian official said.

The Vietnamese representative visits Russia from September 5 to 8 and was invited by Putin.

The Kremlin press service earlier reported that during the talks, key issues of strategic partnership between the two countries will be studied and the current regional issues will be discussed.

It is also envisaged that a number of bilateral documents will be signed.

“We are working on 17 major investment programs in fields such as energy, construction of civil aircraft, light industries, chemical and coal, the roadmaps of these projects have been approved,” the official said.

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday praised the current state of Moscow’s relations with Hanoi, saying that they were “on the rise.”

“Our relations are on the rise. The bilateral trade is growing, the political contacts are expanding, including those between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the United Russia [party],” Medvedev said during his meeting with the Vietnamese Communist Party’s General Secretary, Nguyen Phu Trong.

The prime minister called the talks “a good opportunity to exchange opinions on various aspects of Russian-Vietnamese cooperation.

Russia and Vietnam have recently boosted bilateral contacts. The trade between the countries has increased, too. In 2017, it grew by 30 percent to $5.2 billion.

This is a continued legacy from when Vietnam had extremely close ties to the Soviet Union before its eventual collapse in 1991. The Soviet Union played a pivotal role in maintaining Vietnam’s sovereignty from US aggression during the Vietnam War.

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