Vietnam always regard Russia as a significant strategic priority in their policy of multilateralisation and international integration, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Thursday.
He made the statement at his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi city on the sidelines of the 20th ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit.
Phuc said Vietnam will proactively work to enhance the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries in a pragmatic and effective manner.
President Putin, meanwhile, hailed the role of Vietnam in Southeast Asia and confirming that Vietnam is one of the external priorities of Russia in the Asian-Pacific region.
The two leaders agreed to strengthen coordination to implement effectively key collaborative projects and programmes, especially in trade exchange, oil and gas, nuclear power, and tourism to lay a foundation for the expansion of bilateral affiliation into other fields.
Putin promised to urge other members of the Eurasian Economic Union, namely Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, to complete the ratification of the free trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam in a bid to enhance the bilateral economic, trade, and investment ties in the coming time.
Phuc said Vietnam is willing to serve as a bridge to help Russian enterprises expand operation in Southeast Asian markets and ASEAN, especially when Vietnam has signed and got engaged in a number of FTAs with foreign countries and organisations.
He thanked the Russian President for directing relevant agencies to support overseas Vietnamese to do business and expressed his hopes the host society will provide more assistance for Vietnamese expatriates.
During the meeting, the two leaders exchanged various regional and global issues of mutual concerns. They agreed to boost cooperation at multilateral forums of the United Nation, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
He congratulated Russia on hosting the ASEAN-Russia Summit and expressed his confidence in the event’s success, which will help elevate the two sides’ relations to a new height.
He also affirmed to enhance Vietnam-Russia cooperation within the framework of ASEAN-Russia ties.
Touching upon the recent complicated developments in the East Sea, President Putin said Russia is keeping a close watch on the situation in Southeast Asia and particularly the East Sea.
He reiterated Russia’s standpoint of resolving any disputes via peaceful means and in respect of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), while implementing fully and effectively the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
Russia also supports ASEAN and China to jointly build a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), he said.