The Vietnamese National Assembly delegation has a working session with leaders of the Russian Federation Council's office in Moscow. (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) – Vice Chairman of the National Assembly’s Office Nguyen Manh Hung led a NA delegation to visit Russia from November 29 to December 5.

Hung met with Ekaterina Egorova, deputy chief of the office of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian Federal Assembly, during which his host said the long-standing relations and Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Vietnam and Russia have seen dynamic development in recent years, with regular dialogues between their leaders and NA bodies.

The visit of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong to Russia in September and that of Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Vietnam last month created a new impetus for the two countries to strengthen their Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, she noted, adding that bilateral ties in culture and education have also flourished.

Russia wants to foster cooperation with Vietnam in all fields, particularly education, economics – trade, defence industry, legislation and NA operation, as well as within international forums like ASEAN, Egorova said.

The country also wishes to collaborate with Vietnam in law-making to translate commitments reached under the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement that aims to lift the two-way trade to 10 billion USD by 2020, she noted.

Hung, for his part, spoke highly of the two countries’ special friendship; saying Vietnamese people would always treasure the support Russians have given them.

The Russian side gave him and the Vietnamese delegation an overview of the political institution and organisational structure of the Federal Assembly of Russia alongside the functional bodies of the Federation Council.

The Vietnamese delegation later met with Ostanina Nina, chief of the Office of the Russian Communist Party at the State Duma, the lower house of the Federal Assembly. Hung was updated about the operation of the party in recent years and the organisation and functions of its office and other bodies.

He then congratulated the Communist Party of Russia on its victory in a number of local elections.

During the visit, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly’s Office Nguyen Manh Hung also had a working session with the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, the United Russia Party’s office at the State Duma and the office of the State Duma to explore how they get engaged in the drafting of bills and to enhance bilateral cooperation.

The Vietnamese delegation laid flowers at the monument of President Ho Chi Minh in Moscow and visited the Embassy of Vietnam in Russia. –VNA