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PM solidifies strategic friendship with Russia, Belarus

Updated: 10:58’ - 27/05/2013

Russia strongly supports the way Vietnam is restructuring its economy, changing its economic growth model and stepping up international integration, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung in Moscow on May 14 during the latter’s visit to Russia.

The two prime ministers exchanged opinions on orientations and measures to promote bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership in the fields of politics, economics, trade, investment, energy, defense and security, science and technology, and education and training.

They spoke highly of the outcomes of the first round of negotiations on a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in Hanoi in March, affirming that the signing of this document will be a breakthrough in realizing the goal of increasing two-way trade to USD 7 billion by 2015 and USD 10 billion by 2020.

After their talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of a 2013-15 cooperation plan between the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism; a 2013-15 cooperation program between the two Ministries of Justice; and a science and technology cooperation agreement between Hanoi National University and Moscow State University.

A credit contract between the Vietnam Joint-Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank) and the International Investment Bank; a comprehensive cooperation agreement between the Vietnam Railways Corporation, An Vien Group and JSC Russian Railways; a memorandum of understanding on production and use of gas as fuel between the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group and Russia’s Gazprom; an agreement on the establishment of a drilling joint venture in Russia with Zarubezhneft; and a protocol on oil refinery and oil and gas exploration with Gazprom Neft were also concluded.

During his official three-day visit to Belarus starting on May 15 right after the Russian visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who affirmed that Vietnam is a strategic partner of Belarus in the Southeast Asia.

To support businesses from both countries, the Government of Belarus will adopt incentive policies on credit and import-export insurance and consider lifting some administrative and tax barriers.

Dung expressed thanks for support from Belarus for Vietnam’s bid to stand for election to the United Nations Human Rights Council of the 2014-16 tenure, as well as its support for the Vietnamese community in Belarus.-


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