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Vietnam, Russia sign 11 cooperation deals during Putin’s visit

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam and Russia have sealed 11 cooperation agreements as Russian President Vladimir Putin is paying a State visit to Vietnam.

The agreements cover higher education, justice collaboration, the implementation of a nuclear science and technology center, laboratory infrastructure for disease prevention, adjusted investment registration for Zarubezhneft, scientific exchange, university partnerships, and cooperation in energy. 

The signing of those deals took place shortly before Vietnamese President To Lam and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a joint press conference following their talks today, June 20.

Prior to the talks, President Lam hosted a welcoming ceremony in honor of President Putin at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. Putin was greeted with a 21-gun salute from the Thang Long Imperial Citadel.

After the ceremony, the two heads of state held talks to discuss a wide range of issues in Vietnam-Russia relations. They reaffirmed the significance of the longstanding friendship between the two countries and pledged to further enhance cooperation in various fields.

Lam praised Putin’s pivotal role in strengthening bilateral ties. He reiterated Vietnam’s commitment to an independent, peaceful, and diversified foreign policy, emphasizing the importance of Russia as a valued traditional partner.

Lam said Vietnam prioritizes deepening the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Russia for mutual benefits and regional stability.

Putin expressed his admiration for Vietnam’s foreign policy and highlighted Russia’s efforts to fostering dialogue with ASEAN, of which Vietnam is a key member.

The Russian president noted the robust communication and collaboration between the two countries across various channels, including parliamentary exchanges, ministerial-level dialogues, and people-to-people exchanges.

The two leaders inspect the guards of honor in Hanoi on June 20

President Putin met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh this afternoon. He will also have separate meetings with other Vietnamese top leaders.

His visit comes as Vietnam and Russia are marking the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Principles of Friendly Relations and look ahead to the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2025.

The 11 cooperation agreements which the two countries signed, with President Lam and President Putin witnessing:

  1. Agreement between the Government of Vietnam and the Government of Russia on cooperation in higher education.
  2. Cooperation program between the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam and the Ministry of Justice of Russia in the 2024-2025 period.
  3. Memorandum of understanding on the roadmap for implementing the Nuclear Science and Technology Center project in Vietnam between the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation.
  4. Memorandum of understanding between the Joint Vietnam-Russia Tropical Science and Technology Research Center and the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare of Russia on cooperation in developing laboratory infrastructure for disease prevention.
  5. Presentation of the adjusted investment registration certificate for Block 11-2 to Zarubezhneft Corporation of Russia.
  6. Cooperation agreement on scientific exchange between the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).
  7. Cooperation agreement between Hanoi University and RANEPA.
  8. Cooperation agreement between Vietnam National University, Hanoi, and the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU).
  9. Cooperation agreement between Vietnam National University, Hanoi, and the Higher School of Economics (HSE).
  10. Memorandum of understanding on cooperation in Vietnam between PetroVietnam and Novatek.
  11. Memorandum of understanding between BVIM Management Joint Stock Company and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).

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