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Arriving in Hanoi after a visit to North Korea, President Putin calls the friendship between Russia and Vietnam tested by time

JAKARTA – President Vladimir Putin said Russia’s friendship with Vietnam was tested by time as he visited the country after visiting North Korea and meeting with Kim Jong Un.

President Putin arrived at Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi on Thursday morning. He was greeted by Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha and senior diplomat Le Hoai Trung.

In an article in the Nhan Dan newspaper, published in the context of President Putin’s visit, Vietnam and Russia shared the same assessment of the situation in the Asia-Pacific region. The two countries also support the construction of a new Eurasian security architecture.

“We highly appreciate that our country has the same or similar approach to pressing issues on the international agenda. We work closely together in major international forums, especially at the United Nations,” President Putin wrote, as quoted by TASS.

“We have the same assessment of the situation in the Asia-Pacific region. We see Vietnam as a partner that thinks similarly in shaping a new architecture of Eurasian security that is equal and inseparable from an inclusive and non-discriminatory foundation,” he continued. .

This is the fifth time he has visited the country and is leading a delegation that will hold talks with senior Vietnamese leaders, discussing the situation in both countries and in the world, in particular issues of common interest, including peace, cooperation and development. .

“It is a symbol that our next visit to Vietnam will take place around a date marking the thirtieth anniversary of the agreement between Russia and Vietnam on the basis of friendly relations. These strategic documents offer great opportunities to strengthen and develop a whole of countries. series of bilateral relations, give them a strong impetus and improve their dynamics at a new historical stage,” he wrote, referring to the Kremlin website.

“The tradition of friendship and mutual support tested over time provides a solid foundation for advancing bilateral relations of comprehensive strategic partnerships,” he said.

Vietnam itself has been preparing to welcome President Putin, who last visited the country in 2017. He will meet with Communist Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong, State President To Lam and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

The Russian leader will also attend the wreath-laying ceremony, including at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the body of Vietnam’s founding father lies. The two countries have historically had close ties and share communist roots. Tens of thousands of executives studied in the former Soviet Union during the Cold War, including the current head of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Trong.

“President Vladimir Putin is a person who has contributed a lot to Vietnam-Russia relations. He has always had good feelings and consideration for Vietnam and respects relations with senior Vietnamese leaders,” the Ministry of Defense newspaper Quan Doi Nhan said in an article.

Russia has traditionally been Vietnam’s main military supplier, so any arms deals will be closely watched.

President Putin is also expected to announce deals in several sectors including trade, investment, technology and education, two officials told Reuters this week, although that could change.

In addition, the United States, one of Vietnam’s key partners, which last year intensified diplomatic ties and Vietnam’s key export markets, criticized the Kremlin leader’s visit.

“No country should give Putin a platform to promote his war of aggression and instead allow the country to normalize his atrocities,” a spokesperson for the US Embassy in Hanoi said this week.

Tag: international Russia Vladimir Putin Vietnam Diplomatik

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