Russian president to visit Vietnam to boost strategic ties

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will make his third official visit to Vietnam on November 12, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Friday.

Putin, who earlier this year was listed by Forbes magazine as the world's most powerful person, accepted the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang. Previously, Putin visited Vietnam as Russian president in 2006 and as prime minister in 2011.

The upcoming visit was also confirmed in a statement on the official website of the President of Russia kremlin.ru, the same day.

According to the statement, the leaders will discuss promoting the two nations' comprehensive strategic partnership, as well as cooperation in trade, investment and humanitarian projects.

They will also attend the opening ceremony for Russian Cultural Days in Vietnam, it said, adding that many bilateral agreements are expected to be signed during Putin's visit.

Vietnam and Russia established diplomatic ties in 1950. The two nations set up a strategic partnership in 2001, before upgrading it to the comprehensive level last year.

The two sides have continued exchanging delegations through senior officials' visits to bolster their ties.

Among the latest include those of President Sang and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to Russia in July 2012 and May 2013 respectively, and the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Vietnam last November.

After Vietnam, Putin will visit South Korea (Republic of Korea) at the invitation of President Park Geun-hye on November 13, according to the Russian President's website. .

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