President Truong Tan Sang has said he strongly believes that the current official visit by Ukrainian Defence Minister Salamatin Dmitry Albertovich will help step up Vietnam-Ukraine bilateral cooperation.

At a reception for Albertovich in Hanoi on September 13, Sang also praised the increase in the high-level political meetings, which, he said, facilitates bilateral cooperation in politics, diplomacy, economics and trade.

In its foreign policy, Vietnam always pays special attention to countries with which it has traditional relations with, said the President.

Minister Albertovich stated that his country’s leaders attach a great deal of importance to consolidating their traditional relationship and hope to expand cooperation with Vietnam .

The minister informed his host of the outcomes of talks and highlighted the discussions and agreements with leaders of Vietnam ’s Defence Ministry.

Ukraine is eager to share its experiences and understanding on defence issues with Vietnam , he confirmed.-VNA