Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Hanoi Lavreniev Alekxei Iurievich has been awarded with Vietnam’s Friendship Medal for his 10-year dedication to developing ties between the two countries.

Since taking office in 2004, Iurievich has actively worked with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO), the Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association and other Vietnamese units concerned to hold political, cultural, arts, science-technology and education activities in Vietnam, which has helped bring the image of Russia and its people closer to the Vietnamese people and strengthen the bilateral relationship.

VUFO President Vu Xuan Hong, in his speech, stated that Iurievich, in his new position, would continue developing the Vietnam - Russia friendship and cooperation.

Iurievich, for his part, expressed his honour to be given the distinction and thanked the Vietnamese agencies for their support during his tenure.-VNA