President Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with OVs in Russia hinh anh 1President Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with OVs in Russia (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) President Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a meeting with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Russia on December 2 as part of activities in his official visits to the country.

During the meeting, the President expressed his joy when the Vietnamese community in Russia has overcome the most difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He highly appreciated the support and contributions of Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) in Russia for people in the homeland amid the health crisis.

The President also acknowledged recommendations of the OVs and promised to make decisions in order to facilitate their return to Vietnam in the new situation.

He suggested Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Dang Minh Khoi take measures to take better care of the community amid difficulties caused by the pandemic, expressing his belief that the Vietnamese community in Russia will continue to maintain valuable traditions of the Vietnamese people.

On the occasion, President Phuc witnessed the hand-over ceremony of symbolic keys of three UAZ vehicles as the gift of the Association of Vietnamese People in Russia to the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence to serve rescue work.

President of the Association of Vietnamese People in Russia Do Xuan Hoang affirmed President Phuc’s visit to Russia will create a new impulse to lift the bilateral relations between the two countries to new heights, saying that the strengthening of Vietnam-Russia relations plays a very important role in facilitate the operation of the Vietnamese community in Russia.

There are about 80,000 Vietnamese people living, studying and working in Russia. They have stable lives with increasing legal and social status. In the last two years, despite many difficulties and losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the community has made great efforts to overcome difficulties during the pandemic, and donated to help flood victims and those affected by COVID-19 in the homeland.

Later the same day, the Vietnamese President left the Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow for home, successfully ending his official visit to Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin./.