Political relations between Russia and Vietnam are at a highly developed stage and ties between the two countries will expand constantly in future, said a Russian diplomat.

Meeting with the press in Ho Chi Minh City on Feb. 17 on the 62 nd anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Russia , Russian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Anatoli Borovik affirmed that during the past 62 years, friendship and mutual understanding between the two nations became a firm foundation for the development of the Russia-Vietnam strategic partnership.

He said that along with enhancing bilateral cooperation, Russia-Vietnam ties in the framework of regional and multilateral cooperation will also be boosted.
He said that 2011 was a significant year with important agreements between the two countries’ leaders, and progress in major cooperative projects.

In term of economic cooperation, trade turnover between the two countries hit 2.5 billion USD.

In the field of energy, cooperation in oil and gas continued expansion and the two countries coordinated in preparation for the construction of a nuclear power plant in southern central Ninh Thuan province.

New steps of development were also obtained in bilateral cooperation in space science, science and technology, telecoms, mining, information technology and raising sturgeon.

Noteworthy was cooperation in tourism and education. In 2011, Vietnam ’s southern localities attracted over 100,000 Russian visitors and at present over 4,000 Vietnamese students are studying in Russia .

The Russian diplomat also said that cooperation in national defence between the two countries is developing fruitfully and is expected to continue expanding. He said Russia is always ready to assist Vietnam in this area./.