The relations between Vietnam and Russia have stood the test of time and created a firm foundation for the two countries to boost cooperation in many fields of common interests, a Russian diplomat has said.

The assertion was made by Russia’s Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Anatoli Vasilievich Borovik at a press conference on February 19 on the occasion of the 63th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Russia (1950-2013) and Russian Diplomats Day.

Borovik said that in 2012 the bilateral relationship was raised to a new high level thanks to the exchange of visits by the two sides’ senior leaders as well as enterprises in order to seek cooperation and investment opportunities in each country.

The Consul General affirmed that Russia will continue to assist Vietnam in implementing the construction of a nuclear power plant in central Ninh Thuan province. He stressed that Russia will provide the plant with the latest and modern technology to ensure its safety.

Last year, two-way trade between Vietnam and Russia reached 3.5 billion USD, up 40 percent from the 2011’s level. The two countries are aiming to double the figure this year.-VNA