At the seminar. (Source: VNA)

 Moscow (VNA) – A seminar was held in Russia’s St. Petersburg city on March 16 to mark 95 years since Nguyen Ai Quoc, an alias of President Ho Chi Minh, set foot in Petrograd, the former name of St. Petersburg.

The seminar attracted nearly 200 delegates who are Vietnamese and Russian scientists, scholars, activists, representatives of social organisations and students.

Speeches delivered at the event recalled the life and career of President Ho Chi Minh, especially the period when he lived in Russia, while looking into the present Vietnam-Russia cooperation in such areas as youth policy, education, culture and humanitarian, along with Ho Chi Minh’s thoughts and security issues in Southeast Asia.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh stressed that President Ho Chi Minh selected Petrograd to begin his path for national salvation, creating a foundation for the fruitful relations between Vietnam and the former Soviet Union and present-day Russia. 

St. Petersburg’s Vice Governor Oleg Markov held that the Russia-Vietnam cooperation has been consolidated and expanded in various realms, from humanitarian and culture to economy, science and education.

The seminar helps bring young people of the two countries closer and educate them about the friendship, he said.

The seminar also featured an exhibition displaying objects on President Ho Chi Minh and other Vietnamese leaders.-VNA