Vietnam and Russia have enjoyed fruitful relations. (Photo: IIB)

Hanoi (VNA) –
The Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association in collaboration with the Russian Embassy in Vietnam organised a ceremony in Hanoi on June 13 to mark the 28th National Day of the Russian Federation (June 12).

Congratulating the Government and people of Russian on their National Day and as well as Russia on its hosting the World Cup 2018, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association Trinh Quoc Khanh expressed his delight at the fruitful Vietnam-Russia relations in the past years.

Traditional friendship and cooperation between the two nations have been nurtured by generations of leaders and peoples of both sides, he said, adding that Vietnam always treasures and prioritises to develop relations with Russia in various fields.

Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vasilievich Vnukov affirmed that the two countries have diversified the comprehensive strategic partnership with an array of new kinds of collaboration.

Cooperation has been expanded from politics-diplomacy, economy-trade, culture, and education to people diplomacy, he said, adding that both nations have paid due attention to bolstering mutual understanding between the youths of the two countries.

A special art performance programme was included in the event, featuring Russian songs favoured by Vietnamese people.

Two-way trade between Vietnam and Russia topped 3.55 billion USD in 2017, a year-on-year surge of 35 percent. The two countries aim to lift the bilateral trade to 10 billion USD by 2020.-VNA