Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son asked Russia to ensure the safety of Vietnamese people in Ukraine in their evacuation from war zones during phone talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.
During their conversation, the two officials discussed the conflict in Ukraine in a candid and constructive manner.
Minister Son suggested that Russia continue to organize humanitarian corridors and take measures to ensure the safety of civilians, including Vietnamese citizens, during their evacuation from war zones in Ukraine.
He affirmed Vietnam’s consistent stance that international disputes and disagreements should be resolved by peaceful measures and in compliance with the basic principles of the United Nations Charter and international law, especially the principle of respecting the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of countries.
The official asked relevant parties to exercise restraint, reduce tensions, and conduct more dialogues to find a long-term solution that is in line with international law and takes into consideration the legitimate interests of all sides.
Vietnam is willing to join the international community in contribution to this process, he added.
Minister Lavrov praised Vietnam’s contribution to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.
The official shared recent developments on the situation in Ukraine and affirmed that he would try his best to support the safe evacuation of Vietnamese citizens from conflict zones.
Regarding the Vietnam-Russia ties, Son suggested that Russia continue to create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community in Russia to stabilize their life, production, and business.
About 7,000 Vietnamese people live in Ukraine, many of whom have left conflict zones for Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The country has so far organized four flights to repatriate 1,166 of these citizens.
The flight landed in Vietnam on March 8, 10, and 13.
Russia has been attacking Ukraine since February 24, saying it wants to demilitarize and denazify the neighboring country.