Russia will ceaselessly strengthen and develop the strategic partnership with Vietnam as a priority in its diplomatic policy.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made this statement at the reception for newly accredited Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia, Pham Xuan Son on July 14.

Medvedev affirmed that Russia highly valued Vietnam’s position and role in the Asia-Pacific and the world, underlining that the two countries’ friendship had strengthened, manifested by the comprehensive cooperation between Russia and Vietnam, especially in the fields of energy, defence and security.

He also asked Son to convey his greetings and wishes for success to high-ranking Vietnamese leaders in the country’s renewal, construction and development cause.

Son expressed his honour to take the new mission in Russia, on the occasion of the 10 th anniversary of the establishment of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

He affirmed that he would do his utmost to continue deepening the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and Russia for the benefits of the two peoples, and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world./.