Russian PM Putin to visit Vietnam

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has planned to visit Vietnam this July, according to a meeting in Hanoi Monday.

Vietnam and Russia should make good preparations for the visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said during the meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin in Hanoi. The exact date for the visit is not available.

Borodavkin was in Vietnam to attend a regular deputy foreign minister-level political consultation.

Dung said the two sides should work closely to implement bilateral agreements with the focus on economics, trade, investment, culture, education-training and science-technology.

He said the regular political consultation showed confidence and cooperation between the two ministries and made contributions to the Vietnam-Russia strategic partnership.

He said Vietnam was ready to accelerate the warming-up of negotiations on a free trade agreement between Vietnam and member countries of the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Alliance.

The agreement is expected to boost two-way trade to $3 billion by 2012 and $10 billion by 2020.

Dung also said Vietnam is also ready to cooperate with Russia in aviation and space technology for peaceful purposes, as well as organizing the APEC 2012 Summit.

The regular political consultation at deputy foreign ministerial level was to review situations and discuss measures to strengthen the traditional friendship and promote cooperation between the two countries in the context of the two nations celebrating the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership.

During the consultation, Borodavkin's Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son asked for Russia's support in Vietnam's bid for membership of the UN Human Rights Council for the 2013-2016 term and as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.

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