Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh on April 23 received a delegation of war veterans from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, who are visiting Vietnam at the invitation of the defence ministry.

During the war against the US , the Vietnamese people and military received wholehearted and efficient support and assistance from international friends, especially from the Soviet Union and other socialist countries, Thanh told the guests.

He noted that Russia, Ukraine and Belarus sent thousands of military experts and consultants to Vietnam, contributing to the victory of the Vietnamese people.

The Vietnamese people and army always treasure the warm sentiment and great assistance from international friends, especially Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, the defence leader stressed.

At the reception, the veterans recalled their memories of Vietnam during the war. They said they hope the people and army of Vietnam, under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, gain more great achievements.-VNA