PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on
May19 (local time) in Sochi City during the former’s official tour to
the Eastern European country.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and Russian President V. Putin, Sochi City, May 20, 2016
PM Phuc said that the Vietnamese Party, State, and
Government always regard the Russian Federation as an important
strategic priority in Viet Nam’s foreign policy, which is characterized
by openness, diversification and multi-lateralization of international
relations, proactive integration into the world, and proactively promote
the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership with
Russia in a practical and efficient manner.
President V. Putin congratulated PM Phuc on his new post and praised Viet Nam’s role in the Southeast Asian Region.
Mr. V. Putin also emphasized that Viet Nam is one of the priorities in Russia’s foreign diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region.
Albeit numerous changes in the world and region, the
cooperative ties between Viet Nam and Russia on various fields and at
international forums have flourished and caught up with aspiration and
demand of respective people, said the President.
The two leaders took the occasion to review the
bilateral cooperation and agreed to work closely to effectively realize
reached agreements and key projects particularly in commercial
exchange, petroleum, nuclear energy, as well as tourism.
The Russian President also pledged to call on other
members of the Economic Alliance Asia-Europe (EEU) namely Belarus,
Armenia and Kyrgyzstan to finalize the Free Trade Agreement(FTA) with
Viet Nam in favor of economic, trade, and investment growth in the
Viet Nam, said PM Phuc, stands ready to serve as a
bridge for Russian enterprises to expand their activities in the
Southeast Asian market, especially when Viet Nam has signed a number of
FTAs with other countries.
The PM thanked President V. Putin and Russian local leaders for supporting the Vietnamese community in Russia.
The two leaders also discussed regional and international issues of common concern.
Mr. Phuc congratulated Russia’s successful
organization of the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit which is expected
to turn the bilateral ties into a new development phase.
Regarding the recent complicated developments in the
East Sea, President V. Putin said that Russia is keeping a close watch
on the situations in the Southeast Asian Region in general and the East
He also highlighted Russia’s stance on peaceful
solutions and in respect for international law, especially the 1982
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); full and
effective enforcement of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in
the East Sea (DOC) and early negotiations for a code of conduct in the
East Sea (COC).
PM Phuc conveyed an invitation of Vietnamese State
President Tran Dai Quang to Mr. V. Putin for an official visit to Viet
Nam and participation in the 2017 APEC Summit.