Vietnam News Agency General Director Nguyen Duc Loi (sitting, left) signs the cooperation agreement with Sputnik Information Agency in Moscow on June 29 (Source: VNA)
Moscow (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Sputnik Information Agency, an arm of the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency (RSIIA), will exchange information in order to promote cooperation between Vietnam and Russia. 

An agreement to this effect was inked by VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi and RSIIA Director General Dmitry Kiselev on June 29 in the framework of President Tran Dai Quang’s official visit to Russia. This is one of the seven official documents signed in the witness of President Tran Dai Quang and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. 

The agreement allows the two agencies, both are the largest of their kind in their respective countries, to access and use each other’s text news on events occurring in territories of Vietnam, Russia and some other countries. 

In addition, the two sides will participate in projects to expand information space and increase professional and impartial coverage of political, cultural, economic and sport issues. 

Under the agreement, they will promote the flow of information as well as mutual understanding and solidarity between the two countries’ people, and share experience to successfully implement joint projects. 

Besides, the two sides will support each other’s correspondents operating in their respective countries. 

In an interview with the Sputnik news agency, VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi highlighted that Vietnam and Russia have enjoyed a close and long-standing relationship. The Vietnamese public always pays great attention to the growth of bilateral ties as well as the strong development of Russia.
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As Vietnam’s sole national news agency, the VNA has set up information partnership with about 40 news agencies around the world, he said, expressing belief that the signing of the cooperation deal between the VNA and Sputnik will help both sides improve their services in providing news of each country and bilateral relations to people in both countries.
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He also showed hope that the two news agencies will continue seeking new effective measures to implement the agreement in the current digital era.
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The VNA General Director is accompanying President Tran Dai Quang in an official visit to Russia from June 28 to July 1.-VNA