MOSCOW, Russia – The parliaments of Russia and Vietnam have announced they will implement bilateral projects at the highest level, Russian Duma President Vyacheslav Volodin said in a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
“It is important that the parliaments of Russia and Vietnam provide legislative support to the projects agreed upon by the leaders of our countries,” Volodin said. The parliamentary leader also noted that high-level dialogue creates momentum in Russia’s relations with Vietnam.
“We believe it is necessary to preserve history, which is a unifying factor for us and, on that basis, do everything to strengthen our friendship and develop relationships,” he added.
During the meeting, the sides noted, in particular, the need to strengthen cultural exchange and promote tourism. In addition, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Vietnamese prime minister, expressed gratitude to the Russian side for providing about 1,000 fellowships for students in his country.
A Duma delegation, led by Volodin, arrived in Vietnam on Sunday, with a scheduled visit to last two days. Today, Volodin will have bilateral meetings with senior officials from Vietnam.
The Soviet Union, in which Russia was the main republic, was the primary backer of the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong in their decades long struggle against French and American imperialism. With this support of armaments and military advisers, the Vietnamese were able to make a final victory over the imperialists and capitalists.
With the conclusion of the Vietnam War in the midst of the Sino-Soviet split that saw the two communist powers of the Soviet Union and China fall out, Vietnam sided with the Soviets fearing that China had plans to annex the Southeast Asian country. Although relations between Vietnam and China significantly improved over the decades, Vietnam has maintained close ties with Russia despite the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.