Da Nang welcomes APEC Economic Leaders' Week (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) –
Vietnam plays a crucial role in the Asian-Pacific region, Chairman of a foundation on Asian and European science and technology research, Grigory Trofimtruk has told Vietnam News Agency reporters in Russia.

He said Vietnam is one of Russia’s key partners in the region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia as special and suggested the two countries promote their traditional friendship, he added.

Trofimtruk said hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum 2017 has reinforced the geopolitical position of Vietnam in the region

He noted that Vietnam was the first country to sign a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union, helping the union expand its influence in other Southeast Asian nations.

Vietnam also welcomes proposals in economics and finance, he said.-VNA