A senior Russian communist party leader has applauded Vietnam ’s achievements on its path to building socialism.

Chairman of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF)’s Central Committee Ghennady Ziuganov made the statement on February 24 at a reception for a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation led by Ngo Van Du, a Politburo member and head of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee’s Commission for Inspection. The delegation is in Russia to attend the 15th congress of the KPRF that opened in Moscow on February 23.

Chairman Ziuganov said that relations between the KPRF and the CPV will be further consolidated and intensified on the path of building socialism and communism in the two countries.

He expressed his delight at the developing ties between the two parties, saying that this would help create a foundation for further strengthening the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership.

The chairman recalled his memories of Russia-Vietnam relations during the war against the US,  adding that communists in the State Duma, the Lower House of the Federal Assembly of Russia, always call for further boosting ties with Vietnam .

He also touched upon particular projects in areas of bilateral cooperation, saying that Russian party members responsible for the projects will play active roles to see the projects through in the time to come. He also expressed his hope that the Vietnamese side will create the most favourable conditions for the implementation.

Ziuganov stressed that Vietnam, along with China, Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Laos, serves as an example to drive the KPRF, other communist and workers parties to realise their goal of building a socialist society in their respective countries.

Du, who is also secretary of the central committee of the CPV, congratulated the KPRF for its achievements in the past years, wishing that the two parties will enjoy further development in their cooperation, solidarity and friendship.

The Vietnamese party official expressed gratitude to the KPRF leaders for their constant support to Vietnam in developing Vietnam-Russia ties and socio-economic development projects.

On this occasion, the Vietnamese delegation laid a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Monument at the Ho Chi Minh Square in Moscow. They also had a meeting with staff from the Vietnamese embassy in Russia and representatives of Vietnamese associations and students.

At the meeting, Du updated the community on the country’s latest situation, new policies and guidelines of the Party and State in the new context.

The country is implementing policies with short- and long-term measures for sustainable socio-economic development, and the protection of its national sovereignty, he added.-VNA