Vietnam, Russia to strengthen strategic partnership

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Vietnam and Russia agreed to strengthen their strategic partnership and enhance bilateral ties in several areas during a visit by President Truong Tan Sang from July 26-30.

A joint statement issued on July 27 by President Sang and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following talks held in Sochi City hailed the continuous enhancement of bilateral strategic partnership established in 2001.

It said the two countries aim to achieve a two-way trade turnover of US$5 billion by 2015.

Russia pledged to secure the progress of first nuclear power plant project in Vietnam.

The two leaders committed to creating favorable conditions for businesses like Rusvietpetro, Vietsovpetro, Gazpromviet, TNK-BP Management and Lukoil Overseas and to broaden cooperation in oil and gas exploitation in Vietnam's continental shelf on the basis of international laws, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The statement said that national defense cooperation has developed well, contributing to the joint-efforts being made to cope with emerging security challenges to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.

The two leaders agreed on the necessity to build a new world order based on the principles of multilateralism, supremacy of international law, fundamental principles of the UN Charter, including respect for sovereignty, national integrity and non-intervention in the internal affairs of other nations.

They agreed that the security of a nation cannot be ensured actions that harm the security of other nations, including the expansion of military-political alliance and the establishment of global and regional anti-missile defense systems.

Armed intervention in internal conflicts of sovereign nations and the imposition of unilateral sanctions without appropriate attention to internal political, ethnic, religious and cultural specificities and other characteristics contain risks of instability and increases tension in international relations, the statement said.

The two sides supported the establishment of an open, transparent, fair and cooperative security architecture in the region built on provisions in international law and consideration of legitimate interests of all countries.


Vietnam and Russia also affirmed their determination to increase coordination to cope with new challenges and risks threatening security and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region, firstly within the framework of the ASEAN Regional Forum and the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting plus dialogue partners.

They said territorial disputes and other disputes in the Asian-Pacific region should be solved only by peaceful means without the use of force or the threat to use force, based on the existing international laws, particularly the UN Charter and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

They supported the full implementation of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and the approach to the building a Code of Conduct in the East Sea in the near future.

After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing ceremony of several co-operation agreements in agriculture, customs, legal assistance, culture, science and technology.

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