Russia foreign minister visits Vietnam

By Hong Hanh   July 4, 2022 | 06:38 pm PT
Russia foreign minister visits Vietnam
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a visit to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on June 30, 2022. Photo by AFP
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov will visit Vietnam on Jul. 5 and 6 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son.

His visit takes place at a time when the two nations are marking the 10th anniversary of their comprehensive strategic partnership, Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Vietnam and the then Soviet Union established diplomatic relations in 1950.

Russia, the latter's successor state, and Vietnam elevated it into a strategic partnership in 2001 and into a comprehensive strategic partnership 11 years later.

Relations between the two have been strengthened through exchanges of delegations and bilateral meetings at all levels.

Their trade was worth US$7.1 billion last year following a 25 percent jump from 2020. Russia has 151 projects in Vietnam with total investment of more than $950 million.

During his visit to Russia from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 last year, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc joined his counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to issue a joint statement on the vision of the comprehensive strategic partnership for until 2030, which seeks cooperation in all fields.

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