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Russian President Putin arrives in Hanoi for State visit

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Hanoi earlier today, June 20, starting his State visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

This is the second State visit to Vietnam of the Russian president and the fifth time he has traveled to Vietnam since 2001.

The visit comes as Vietnam and Russia mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Principles of Friendly Relations (June 16), highlighting the deepening Comprehensive Strategic Partnership established between the two nations in 2012.

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, President Putin was greeted by a delegation of high-ranking Vietnamese officials. Among those present included Le Hoai Trung, member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee (PCC) and head of the PCC’s Commission for External Relations; Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha; Le Khanh Hai, head of the Office of the State President; and Tran Sy Thanh, chairman of the Hanoi City People’s Committee.

During the visit, President Putin and Vietnamese leaders will discuss measures to promote bilateral relations, particularly in trade, investment, energy, defense, and security.

Vietnam and Russia are expected to issue a joint statement and sign cooperation agreements in several fields, including education, justice, customs, health and energy, according to Gennady Bezdetko, Russian ambassador to Vietnam.

In a special article penned for Nhan Dan newspaper, President Putin underscored the deepening economic cooperation between Vietnam and Russia. He highlighted the growth in bilateral trade, with Russian exports finding major markets in Vietnam and Vietnamese goods gaining popularity among Russian consumers.

President Putin stressed the key role of energy collaboration in Vietnam-Russia ties. He expressed optimism about the success of joint ventures in oil and gas exploration, such as Vietsovpetro and Rusvietpetro, and the ongoing exploration of nuclear energy and hydropower cooperation between the two countries.

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