Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The outcomes of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to Russia from May 16-18 are believed to create a new momentum for the comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia .

The visit, which was made at the invitation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, is the first trip abroad of Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the Vietnamese Prime Minister.

During his stay in Russia , the Government leader had a hectic schedule during which he held talks with Prime Minister Medvedev, where he said the selection of Russia for his first foreign trip has demonstrated Vietnam ’s trust in the country as well as its wish to deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership.

PM Medvedev affirmed that Russia always considers Vietnam one of the country’s leading partners in Asia-Pacific.

Host and guest reaffirmed their resolve to enhance mutual political trust and the comprehensive strategic partnership. They also compared notes on various measures to beef up bilateral ties, to meet the long-term interests of the two countries’ people.

The two sides consented to step up their collaboration in energy while expanding the affiliation in other realms like petrochemistry and liquefied gas, and targeting third countries to become involved.

They will also continue partnership in national defence and security, especially in military technology.

As part of his three-day visit, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with Speaker of Russia’s State Duma Sergei Naryshkin, Speaker of the Federation Council (Upper House) of Russia ’s Parliament Valentina Matviyenko and President of the Russian Communist Party G . Zyuganov, among others.

On May 19, he had a meeting with Russian President Putin to discuss major issues of shared concern and chart orientations for bilateral cooperation.

The Vietnamese PM also visited Russia ’s leading oil and gas groups like Gazprom and Zarubezhnef, where he pledged optimal conditions for sustainable, long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

“The Vietnamese Government will create the best possible conditions for foreign businesses, including those from Russia , and will continue to remove obstacles hindering their operation,” he said.-VNA