PM hosts Secretary of the Security Council of Russian Federation

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Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (second, right) received Secretary of the Security Council of Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev in Hà Nội on Thursday. VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất

HÀ NỘI – Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc received Secretary of the Security Council of Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev in Hà Nội on Thursday, during which he expressed his pleasure with Russia’s successful research and development of drugs against COVID-19 and belief Russia will soon overcome the pandemic.

The PM welcomed the outcomes of the working sessions between the Russian delegation and Việt Nam’s ministries of Public Security and National Defence, affirming cooperation in security and defence is a pillar in the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership.

He noted that the 13th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of Việt Nam continues the country’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation of relations. Russia is Việt Nam’s traditional partner and comprehensive strategic partner, and always a high priority in Việt Nam’s foreign policy.

Patrushev said he believes resolutions adopted by the 13th National Party Congress will contribute to Việt Nam’ dynamic development, and promote Russia-Việt Nam cooperation with the spirit of the comprehensive strategic partnership.

On pandemic prevention and control, he thanked Việt Nam for presenting medical supplies, announcing the Russian President decided to present Việt Nam a batch of Sputnik-V vaccine. Russia is willing to provide Việt Nam with a sufficient volume of this vaccine, he added.

He underlined the importance of strengthening economic and trade amidst the pandemic, saying that thanks to the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between Việt Nam and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), bilateral trade rose sharply.

He proposed Việt Nam create favourable conditions for Russian businesses operating in the country, especially in oil and gas exploration, engine production, power plant construction projects.

Russia is ready to support Việt Nam in fighting money laundering and terrorism, he said, affirming bilateral cooperation in the current situation meets the two peoples’ needs.

PM Phúc said Việt Nam is interested in issues raised by Patrushev, adding although difficulties caused by the pandemic, the two countries have still promoted cooperation in politics, diplomacy, security, defence, economics – trade and investment. Bilateral trade hit nearly US$4.9 billion in 2020, sharply increasing from the previous year.

On economic cooperation, especially in oil-gas and energy, Russian groups have been running many important projects in Việt Nam. The two sides agreed to solve certain procedures to create favourable conditions for Russian projects in Việt Nam.

He proposed both sides exert efforts to remove obstacles so as to soon implement projects in sluggish progress. Việt Nam is considering some projects that Russian businesses wish to invest in.

Việt Nam always gives priority to Russian businesses to operate in the country, he affirmed.

He thanked Russia for its support in terms of experts, medical equipment serving Việt Nam’s COVID-19 prevention and control work and help for the Vietnamese community in Russia.

He also thanked the Russian government for its batch of Sputnik-V vaccine for Việt Nam.

He suggested the Russian side continue promoting cooperation in defence and fight against crime for benefit of the two countries’ people, and for peace, stability and development, while saying the two countries need a stronger breakthrough in economics and security-defence in the coming time. VNS

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