President Putin arrives in Hanoi

By Pham Du, Ngoc Thanh   June 19, 2024 | 02:40 pm PT
President Putin arrives in Hanoi
Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves his jet at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport on June 20, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh
Russian President Vladimir Putin landed in Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport early Thursday morning, beginning his state visit to Vietnam per an inviatation by Party Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

The II-96-300PU jet carrying Putin and his entourage arrived at around 1:45 a.m. Among them were Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrova and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Nikolayevich Chernyshenko, along with other ministers and officials.

President Vladimir Putin and his entourage arrives in Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, June 20, 2024. Video by VnExpress/Loc Chung

The reception on the Vietnamese side included head of the Central Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung, Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha, head of the President office Le Khanh Hai, Hanoi chairman Tran Sy Thanh and Vietnamese ambassador in Russia Dang Minh Khoi.

Putin shook hands with each Vietnamese official before joining his entourage to head to Metropole Hotel in Hoan Kiem District. They arrived at the hotel on Ngo Quyen Sgtreet at 2:35 a.m.

Putin is expected to participate in an official welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace at noon, before engaging in dialogues with President To Lam. He is then expected to meet with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and hold dialogues with Trong. He is expected to meet with National Assembly chairman Tran Thanh Man in the afternoon.

Putin had traveled to Vietnam four times before, for official and state visits in 2001, 2006 and 2013, and for attending the APEC Summit in Da Nang in 2017.

Vietnam and Russia are expected to issue a joint declaration and sign agreements regarding university education, medicine and energy, among others, said Russian ambassador in Vietnam Gennady Bezdetko.

President Putin shakes hands with officials at the airport. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

President Putin shakes hands with Vietnamese officials at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, June 20, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

Vietnam established diplomatic relations with Russia, then Soviet Union, in 1950. The countries elevated their ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2012.

The two countries have signed more than 100 cooperation agreements in economy, commerce, investment, security and defense.

As of April, Russia has invested $984.98 million in 186 projects in Vietnam, making it the 28th largest investor out of 145 countries and territories. Vietnam, in turn, has invested $1.63 billion in 18 projects in Russia, focusing on sectors like oil and gas, agriculture, and manufacturing, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Bilateral trade reached $3.63 billion in 2023, a 2.3% increase from the previous year. Russia has also offered 1,000 scholarships to Vietnamese students in 2023, with approximately 5,000 Vietnamese students currently studying in Russia. The Vietnamese community in Russia numbers around 60,000 people.

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