Participating golfers pose for a group photo (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) – A golf tournament called “Vietnam and friends” was held in Moscow, Russia, on June 22, as part of activities marking the Vietnam Year in Russia and the Russia Year in Vietnam 2019.

Joining the competition were over 100 golfers from Vietnam, Russia, European nations and foreign diplomatic corps in Moscow.

In his opening speech, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh said the event is an important activity of the Vietnam- Russia Year programme toward the celebration of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

He hoped it will contribute to deepening the friendly and trustworthy ties between the Vietnamese and Russian people, enhancing Russians’ understanding about the Vietnamese culture, and connecting the business communities of the two nations.

Talking to the Vietnam News Agency, Thai Ambassador to Russia Thanatip Upatising said it was an honour for him to be invited to the tournament.

He said the Vietnamese community in Russia is big, dynamic and united, highlighting his belief in Vietnam’s significant role in boosting ASEAN – Russia relations.

The annual golf tournament is the biggest of its kind organised by the Vietnam Golf Association in Russia (VGR). Since 2017, it has become part of the European Vietnam Golf Association’s championships.-VNA