Outgoing Russian Ambassador to Vietnam, Vadim Seraphimov, was awarded the Medal for Peace and Friendship among Nations by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisation (VUFO) on July 14.

The honour was presented for his contributions to strengthening relations between Russia and Vietnam, especially in people-to-people diplomacy, said Vu Xuan Hong, VUFO President at the ceremony.

Ambassador Seraphimov said it was an honour for him to receive the esteemed prize, saying that it is of critical importance to him personally since throughout his diplomatic life, he has developed a close connection to the people in all three Indochinese countries.

The ambassador promised that he would continue to play his part in promoting warm relations between Russia and Vietnam -a country that he has known and worked with for more than 30 years.

During his term in Vietnam since 2005, he has actively contributed to all activities instigated by Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association in order to strengthen and further develop the traditional friendship and strategic partnership between Russia and Vietnam.

The award ceremony was attended by Tran Dinh Long, Vice Chairman of Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association, VUFO Vice President Ho Anh Dung, as well as representatives from the Foreign Relations Commission of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russian Embassy./.