A photo of the ceremony (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Russian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on June 8 held a ceremony to mark Russia’s Independence Day (June 12, 1990 – June 12, 2017).

The ceremony was attended by Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Huynh Cach Mang, representatives from diplomatic agencies, international organisations and Russian people living in the city.

Addressing the event, Mang said that since the two countries established comprehensive strategic partnership in 2012, the bilateral cooperation has been thriving. This is a favourable ground to bolster ties between HCM City and Russian localities.

HCM City has formed friendly cooperation with the Russia’s capital city of Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Vladivostok cities, Moscow and Sverdlovsk provinces, focusing on five areas of economy, environment and water management, education and science, culture and tourism.

The official affirmed that the city has been cooperating with the Russian Embassy and Consulate General to ensure the effective implementation of joint programmes and projects.

For his part, Popov Alekey Vladimirovich, Russian Consul General to HCM City, noted that recent high-level visits of the two countries’ leaders show the thriving bilateral relations.

He also expressed his belief that the upcoming visit of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, scheduled for late June, will enhance the comprehensive strategic partnership.

In 2016, trade between HCM City and Russia hit more than 146 million USD, up 58 percent year-on-year.-VNA