Latest war in Ukraine: Putin on state visit to Vietnam – as Russia and Ukraine exchange nightly attacks | World news

Vladimir Putin is today on a state visit to Vietnam, where he wants to strengthen ties with his old partner.

The Russian leader was greeted by dignitaries when he arrived in the country.

Putin had traveled from North Korea, where he and leader Kim Jong Un signed an agreement promising mutual aid in the event of war.

The pact could mark the strongest ties between Russia and North Korea since the end of the Cold War.

In Hanoi, Putin will meet with Vietnam’s most powerful politician, Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, new President To Lam and other officials.

The Russian president’s last visit to Vietnam was in 2017.

The pair have had diplomatic relations since 1950, with a treaty establishing ‘friendly relations’ signed 30 years ago.

Soviet influence is visible in Vietnamese cities, including Hanoi, as many of the Communist Party’s top leaders studied at Soviet universities.

Vietnam has remained neutral towards Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, although the US embassy in Vietnam criticized Putin’s visit.

It said that “no country should give Putin a platform to promote his war of aggression and otherwise allow him to normalize his atrocities.”

In 2023, Vietnam hosted both Joe Biden and rival China’s leader Xi Jinping.

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