The Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association and Vietnam’s Embassy in Russia jointly hosted a ceremony in Moscow on January 28 to mark the 65 th anniversary of Vietnam – Russia diplomatic ties.

Addressing the event, Tatarinov A.A, Director of the Third Asia Department under Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), said the establishment of Vietnam-Russia diplomatic ties 65 years ago has marked an important milestone in history of the two countries, opening a new page in the bilateral relations.

Russia was among the first nations to recognise the independence and sovereignty of Vietnam which had greatly enhanced the Asian country’s position in the international arena and affirmed its role in the global relationship, he recalled.

The two countries’ relations have been growing over the years, reflected by a number of the pair’s major collaborative projects, like Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant and Vietsopetro, a Russian-Vietnamese Oil and Gas Joint Venture.

He also highly spoke of Vietnam as a strategic comprehensive partner of Russia in the Asia-Pacific region who supports Russia’s voice in regional and international issues.

Vietnamese Minister-Counselor Nguyen Hung said Vietnamese people always bear
in mind the immense and wholehearted assistance offered by former Soviet Union and Russia today.

Vietnam wishes to further bolster the collaboration with the partner, fueling the development of the pair’s diplomatic ties and economic cooperation, he said.

Meanwhile, in Hanoi, the Russian Embassy, the Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association, and the Ho Chi Minh Museum jointly organised an exhibition featuring the time-honoured relationship between the two countries on January 29.

More than 120 photos, materials and objects are displayed in two components, with the one depicting the relations between Vietnam and former Soviet Union and activities of Nguyen Ai Quoc (late President Ho Chi Minh) in the Soviet Union and the other focusing on the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Russia today.

The exhibition will run until February 6.-VNA