Friendship, cooperation with Russia a priceless asset: NA leader

Wednesday, 2019-12-11 21:52:14
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NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan delivers a speech at the Federation Council of Russia on December 11 (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan attended a plenary session of the Federation Council of Russia and delivered a speech there on December 11, affirming the traditional friendship and cooperation with Russia is a priceless asset that Vietnam is determined to treasure and bring into play.

Addressing the session, held during her official visit to Russia, the top legislator said almost 70 years ago, on January 30, 1950, the then Soviet Union set up diplomatic relationship with Vietnam, becoming one of the first countries to do so with the Southeast Asian nation.

She recalled the strong support the Soviet Union’s people gave to Vietnam during the struggle to defend and reunify the nation, and affirmed that Vietnam always keeps in mind and respects the wholehearted assistance from the Soviet Union’s people, including the Russian people, for its fight for national independence and reunification.

Bilateral relations were lifted to the strategic partnership in 2001 and the comprehensive strategic partnership – the highest relationship framework of Vietnam – in 2012, marking a breakthrough development in the countries’ connections, she said.

On that basis, Vietnam-Russia ties have enjoyed strong strides in the recent past, the chairwoman stressed, highlighting the high political trust and cooperation mechanisms established in all fields.

Economic links have been growing unceasingly with bilateral trade hitting a record of US$4.5 billion in 2018 and US$3.4 billion in the first nine months of 2019. Vietnam was the first country to sign a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union, of which Russia is a key member. Additionally, bilateral investment has continued to be expanded with many large projects, including those on oil and gas, carried out in both countries, according to the NA leader.

She added that cooperation in defence and security has been increased while the people-to-people exchange has also continually been enhanced. It is hard to find any country that the Vietnamese people have such profound sentiment for like Russia, and this comes from not only political and economic partnerships but also the similarities in the two peoples’ soul and emotions as reflected through cultural exchanges and connectivity, Ngan noted.

The Vietnamese leader went on to say that in the sound relations of the two countries, parliamentary cooperation has been intensified unceasingly.

Chairwoman Ngan underlined Vietnam’s appreciation of Russia’s stance on the East Sea issue, which is supporting the peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, so as to help maintain peace, stability, freedom, safety and security of navigation and overflight in the East Sea, as well as supporting the full and serious implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and the early finalisation of a code of conduct in the waters.

As Chair of ASEAN and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in 2020, Vietnam will continue reinforcing the strategic partnership between ASEAN and Russia and help promote Russia’s voice and stature in the region, she noted, adding that as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021, it will also keep working closely with Russia.

The speech by NA Chairwoman Ngan was broadcast live on the TV channel of the Federation Council (