Russian defense minister visits Vietnam

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Russia's Minister of Defense, General Sergei Shoigu will be in Vietnam on March 4-5 to discuss bilateral military ties, according to the website of Russia's defense ministry.

Shoigu's two-day trip to Vietnam follows his three-day visit to Myanmar.

General Shoigu is scheduled to meet with his Vietnamese counterpart, General Phung Quang Thanh, and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the two sides will hold talks on bilateral military ties, as well as security issues within the Asia-Pacific region.

Shoigu and his delegation will visit Khanh Hoa Province's Cam Ranh port, which was Russia's largest naval base outside its territory until 2002.

From March 2-4, he met with Myanmar's Vice President Nyan Tun and the country's army chief Vice-Senior General Min Augung Hlaynom, and discussed similar issues.

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