President Tran Dai Quang (L) and President Vladimir Putin (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Russian media on June 29 ran articles highlighting the ongoing visit by President Tran Dai Quang, saying that his first visit to Russia aims to further deepen bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

The TASS news agency featured talks between President Quang and President Vladimir Putin, during which the two leaders discussed the recent complicated developments in the East Sea and agreed that border and territorial disputes, including the East Sea dispute, should be settled by peaceful means without the use of force or threat to use force, in line with international law.

Meanwhile, the Sputnik news agency said during talks lasting more than two hours, host and guest discussed cooperation in diverse areas, with a focus on economy with joint investment projects worth 10 billion USD.

Covering a meeting between the Vietnamese President and Chairman of the Russian Federation Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov, Sputnik said Zyuganov hailed Vietnam as a trustworthy ally and vowed to do the best to strengthen ties with the country.

The Kremlin press agency said it is the first visit by President Quang, who represents the country on international arena to sign trans-national agreements.

In an interview granted to RT television, Assoc. Prof. Petr Tsvetov from the Diplomatic Academy of Russian Foreign Ministry said Russia and Vietnam established diplomatic ties in 1950, which have thrived since 2001 when President Putin visited Vietnam and signed a joint statement on strategic partnership between the two countries.

High on the visit’s agenda is economic collaboration with attention being paid to oil and gas, mechanical engineering and military technology.

Tsvetov noted that Vietnam is significant to Russia as a launching pad to Southeast Asia.

If Russia wants to strengthen its position in Southeast Asia, it should develop ties with Vietnam, he said, adding that Vietnam is the most potential country for Russia’s cooperation in ASEAN thanks to their traditional friendship since the Soviet era.

According to him, the visit also affords both Presidents a chance to exchange views on global issues.-VNA