Vietnam seeks to deepen ties with Russia: premier

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Vietnam seeks to deepen ties with Russia: premier

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) shakes hands with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in Hanoi, July 6, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam hopes to deepen ties with Russia and make the bilateral cooperation more effective across all spheres, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said during his meeting with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in Hanoi on Wednesday.

PM Chinh stressed that Minister Lavrov’s visit to Vietnam was being carried out on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership.

Vietnam has persisted with a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation, and development and a goal to build an independent and self-reliant economy with active international integration and firm protection of national sovereignty and territorial integrity, the premier said.

Vietnam attaches great importance to its comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia and wants to deepen and make the bilateral cooperative ties more effective in all spheres.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) talks with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in Hanoi, July 6, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) gestures during a meeting with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in Hanoi, July 6, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

PM Chinh took the occasion to thank Russia for its assistance in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as for actively supporting the evacuation of Vietnamese people in Ukraine over the past months.

Minister Lavrov expressed his pleasure in visiting Vietnam and affirmed that Russia has always considered Vietnam an important partner in the region and wishes to further strengthen cooperation with the Southeast Asian country.

The official shared Russia’s viewpoints on Ukraine and spoke highly of Vietnam’s standpoint, role, and contributions to peace, stability, and cooperation in the region and the world.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) talks with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in Hanoi, July 6, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) talks with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in Hanoi, July 6, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

He agreed on the importance of settling disputes in the East Vietnam Sea through peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and hoped for the early finalization of a Code of Conduct (COC) for the maritime area.

Minister Lavrov also met with Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on the same day.

The Russian official visited Vietnam on Tuesday and Wednesday at the invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son.

Following the trip, he traveled to Indonesia to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

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