N. Kolesnik, head of the association of former Russian military experts in Vietnam, speaks at the get-together. (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) –
Forty-eight Russian military experts, who once worked in Vietnam, gathered at a meeting in Moscow, Russia, on August 5.

The gathering, the 48th of its kind, was held by the Vietnam Embassy in Russia in collaboration with the Vietnam military attaché office, the Association of Vietnamese and the Association of Vietnamese War Veterans in Russia.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Chargé d'Affaires to Russia Nguyen Quynh Mai expressed her delight to join the event and meet the former Russian experts, who helped Vietnamese people during the past struggle against the US.

She also read out loud a letter from Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh to N. Kolesnik, head of the association of former Russian military experts in Vietnam. The letter highlighted the appreciation toward the experts’ support for Vietnamese people in the past and today. It stated the Vietnamese people never forget Russian assistance during the country’s most difficult periods.

Vietnamese Military Attaché in Russia Major General Tran Minh Son recalled memories of the fight for national independence and mutual support between Vietnam and the Soviet Union in the past.

August 5, 2018 marked the 48th founding anniversary of the association of former Russian military experts in Vietnam.

Tens of thousands of Russian experts devoted their youth to help Vietnam regain independence and reunification. In recognition of their great contributions, the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Vietnamese State have conferred many noble orders to the former experts, who continue to work for the Vietnam-Russia friendship at present.-VNA