General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong (R) receives leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov in Russia (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) – Vietnam always takes the Russian Federation as a top priority partner in its foreign policy, and wishes to further push up and deepen the bilateral relations of cooperation in all fields on the basis of mutual trust and for the benefit of the two peoples.

So said General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, now on an official visit to Russia, while receiving leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov in Moscow on September 8.

Party leader Trong said he is happy to meet Zyuganov again and stressed that for the Vietnamese people, the people of the former Soviet Union and of the current Russia are always friends and brothers, and this sentiment will never change.

The Vietnamese people will never forget the valuable support and assistance, both spiritual and material, given by the people of the former Soviet Union and of the current Russia to Vietnam during its national defence in the past and its current national construction and development, Party leader Trong reiterated.

He took the occasion to thank the Russian party for its active support to President Vladimir Putin’s policy of developing the relations of friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam, and expressed his belief that the Russian party will further consolidate its firm position in the social and political life in Russia, thus making important contributions to prosperity in Russia as well as to the international communist and worker’s movement.

Party leader Trong spoke highly of the Russian party’s successful organization of various events relating to the international communist movement, and stressed that the Communist Party of Vietnam always treasures the fine, traditional relations of friendship with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. He also took the occasion to ask the Russian party to continue supporting Vietnam in its national construction and defence.

In the time to come, the two sides should intensify the exchange of delegations at various levels, actively support the cooperative relations between their mass organizations, and pay attention to the consolidation of the organization and operation of the friendship associations, the Party leader said. He also expressed his hope that the Russian party, with its prestige and influence, will do its utmost to push up the comprehensive and strategic partnership between the two countries.

For his part, Zyuganov recalled his profound memories of Vietnam and said he is happy to see that Vietnam still continues the relations of friendship and cooperation with Russia.

The Russian party leader expressed his joy and pride at Vietnam’s achievements in its renewal and national development as well as at the fine development of the Russia – Vietnam relations, and said he hopes the cooperative relations between localities of the two countries will be pushed up.

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation always supports cooperation programmes with Vietnam, Zyuganov stressed, adding that the party will closely join hands with the Vietnamese side in organizing various practical and significant activities on the occasion of the Year of Russia in Vietnam and the Year of Vietnam in Russia. He also spoke highly of the close collaboration and active contributions from the Vietnamese Party to the organization and successes of the events held by the Russian party.

Also within the framework of the official visit to Russia by Party leader Trong, Politburo member and Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Van Binh, who is also head of the its economic commission, received Chairman of the International Investment Bank Nikolay Kosov and Chairman of the International Bank for Economic Cooperation Denis Ivanov.

The two sides exchanged views on issues related to the development of relations and cooperation in the banking field. The leaders of the banks expressed their wish to continue receiving support from Vietnam and affirmed that they will further develop the cooperation with Vietnamese partners.

For his part, Binh spoke highly of the achievements recorded by the two banks, affirmed support to their action plans, and welcomed their cooperation and investment projects in Vietnam.-VNA