Russia promises military, nuclear cooperation with Vietnam

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Russia has pledged to expand cooperation with Vietnam in the areas of military technologies and nuclear power, Vietnam News Agency reported Wednesday.

At a meeting with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, who wrapped up a five-day visit to Moscow July 3, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said his country would help Vietnam build the Ninh Thuan 1 Nuclear Power Plant on schedule and ensure its safety.

The two sides agreed on the great potential for cooperation in the use of space for peaceful purposes.

At a meeting with Minh's counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, the two sides discussed boosting strategic cooperation and regional and international issues.

They emphasized the importance of energy cooperation and agreed to help their oil companies expand cooperation in Vietnam and Russia as well as in third countries.

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They discussed the situation in Southeast Asia and recent developments in the East Sea.

They said all disputes should be settled on the basis of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and voiced their support for efforts towards building the Code of Conduct of the parties on the East Sea.

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