General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong holds talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) –
Russia’s press has intensively covered the freshly-concluded visit to Russia by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, as well as relations between the two countries.

The Party chief’s official visit, from September 5-8, made headlines in official websites of the Kremlin, the Russian Government, the State Duma of Russia and the Russian Federation Council.

The independence newspaper ran an article by Grigory Lokshin, Vice President of the Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association, who said that the Vietnamese leader’s visit will open up a new page in the bilateral relationship.

Vietnam has changed unrecognizably after 30 years of reform and become an equal partner of Russia, the article said, adding that the country has also maintained its fine policy towards Russia.

G. Lokshin expressed his belief that cooperation projects signed during the visit, along with the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union, which was put into force in October 2016, will help the two countries fulfill the target of raising bilateral trade to 10 billion USD in 2020.

He held that the partnership, including collaboration in exploiting oil and gas on Vietnam’s continental shelf, has helped Russia create a more balanced configuration and contributed to maintaining peace and stability in the region.

Meanwhile, the Izvestia daily also published an article highlighting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s appeal for Vietnam’s investment in Sibiri and the Far East.

The article cited the President as saying that Russia hopes for investment flows of Vietnamese companies in agriculture and projects to the Sibiri region and the Far East, following a project invested by TH True Milk in Kaluga province.

The Regnum News Agency also quoted Chairman of the State of Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin as saying that the visit has contributed to promoting the bilateral legislative ties, while creating new momentum for the Russia-Vietnam comprehensive strategic partnership. -VNA