Russian PM to visit Vietnam in November

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will make an official visit to Vietnam on November 6 and 7 in a mission to comprehensively strengthen ties between the two countries.

Talks will also include regional and international issues, news website VnExpress cited Vietnam's foreign affairs spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi as saying.

Vietnamese President Truong Tan San agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Medvedev to bolster all strategic partnerships between the two countries during a visit to Moscow in July.

Sang also said during the visit that Vietnam will allow Russia to build a shipyard for repair and maintenance services at Cam Ranh Port in central Vietnam.

President Putin subsequently ordered Russia to develop stronger military ties with Vietnam, calling it a qualified partner in building and inventing military weapons and equipment.

The decision was made based on various factors, including Vietnam's US$2 billion order of six Kilo-class submarines in late 2009, which was the most expensive order the Russian Navy has ever received. The first submarine was sent to Vietnam August this year.


Vietnam and Russia have planned to raise trade revenues between the two countries to $5 billion next year, from $2.12 billion in 2011.

Vietnam is also seeking for a free trade agreement with the customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

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