Russia honors Vietnam's Party leader

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Communist Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh on Friday received Russia's prestigious Pushkin Medal for his contribution to consolidating bilateral relations.


The medal was awarded by Russian Presiden Dmitri Medvedev at a meeting with Manh, who is on an official five-day visit (July 8-12) to Russia.


The two leaders discussed measures to speed up signing of the Vietnam Russia free trade agreement and to improve the investment environment in both countries.


During the visit, made at the invitation of Medvedev on the occasion of 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Manh also met with other Russian high-ranking officials like Boris Gryzlov, speaker of Russia's State Duma (the lower house of parliament), and Sergei Mironov, speaker of the Federation Council.

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