Vietnam-Russia military cooperation not a threat to regional security: ambassador

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Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin V. Vnukov. Photo credit: Russian Embassy Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin V. Vnukov. Photo credit: Russian Embassy

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Military cooperation between Russia and Vietnam does not pose any threat to any third country, new Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin V. Vnukov said Friday.
The two countries' cooperation in military and military technology “does not pose any threat to the security of the region as well as the world as a whole," VnExpress news website quoted Ambassador Vnukov as saying at a press briefing in Hanoi on Friday.
"We will maintain this mutually beneficial relationship,” he was quoted as saying.
Asked for his comment on recent media reports that US requested Vietnam to stop Russian planes refueling at Cam Ranh Bay, he said Russian and Vietnam are both independent sovereign states that do not have to follow instructions from any others. 
The two countries this year celebrated the 65th anniversary of bilateral relations. On this occasion, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will visit Vietnam and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang will also visit Russia this year, Vnukov said.
Bilateral trade revenues between Russia and Vietnam topped US$3.75 billion in 2014 and are expected to reach $10 billion in 2020.
Vnukov said Russia considers strengthening comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam a priority in its Asia-Pacific policy.
He said he will focus during his term on stepping up bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, between Russia and Vietnam.
Opportunities for economic cooperation are abundant and Russia is waiting for more agro-products, fisheries and other products from Vietnam, he said, adding that two countries should also step up cooperation in oil and gas.
Regarding tensions in the East Sea, as the South China Sea is known in Vietnam, Vnukov reasserted Russia’s support of solving disputes with peaceful measures basing on negotiation and international laws.

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