A welcome ceremony for the Vietnamese State leader and his entourage was held at the airport, with the participation of the Deputy Minister and other officials of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with Ambassador Dang Minh Khoi, his spouse and the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia.

In an interview recently granted to Vietnam News Agency correspondents in Moscow, Ambassador Khoi said Vietnam – Russia ties are close-knit, loyal and rare in the world.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, his spouse, and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation arrived at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow on November 29 afternoon (local time).

He said the visit will further deepen and lift bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership to a greater height in all areas in the new situation.

It manifests that Vietnam is pursuing the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization and diversification of ties for national benefits, as well as for the world peace and stability.

The visit also shows that Vietnam attaches importance to ties with Russia, considering the country a priority in its foreign policy and a key partner while sincerely and consistently supporting Russia in an ever-changing world.

Moreover, it affirms the strengthening of joint work against COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the research and production of vaccines and medicines.

The bilateral political relationship has been continuously consolidated, reflected through the regular exchange of high-level delegations.

Economic and trade cooperation between the two countries has also been developed dynamically in recent years. Two-way trade reached USD 4.85 billion in 2020, up 9 percent year-on-year. It hit USD 3.6 billion in the first nine months of this year, up 5 percent against the same period of 2020.

As of April 2021, Russian had ranked 25th among countries and territories investing in Vietnam with 144 projects worth USD 944 million. Meanwhile, Vietnam had invested in over 20 projects worth nearly USD 3 billion in Russia.

During the visit, President Phuc is scheduled to hold talks and meetings with leaders of the Russian State and the State Duma. He will also meet with representatives from the Russia-Vietnam friendship organizations, attend a Vietnam-Russia business forum and visit a number of local firms.

Source: VNA