Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Russia held a round-table seminar on Vietnam – Russia cultural cooperation in Moscow on March 20.

In his opening speech, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh said the two countries are holding a series of cultural activities such as “Russian Cultural Days” and “Week of Russian Films” in Vietnam and vice versa.

Both sides have also educated young people about bilateral ties and facilitated the exchange of delegations in culture and communications, particularly the upcoming signing of the cultural cooperation programme for 2019-2020.

Participants agreed that Russian culture has taken root in the hearts of generations of Vietnamese people. Though less popular following the collapse of the Soviet Union, it has become more popular recently.

Professor Grigory Lokshin, an expert on Vietnamese studies from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies suggested the two countries’ ministries and agencies further strive to make the two peoples closer.

Former Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Hanoi Elena Zubtsova proposed stepping up communications collaboration to raise mutual understanding.

A number of books about Vietnam and translated versions of well-known Vietnamese literary works were also introduced at the event.

Elena Chimenheva, a Vietnamese language teacher for Russian cultural officials, said many Russian people want to learn Vietnamese language now, hoping that there will be more Vietnamese school books for foreigners so students could read many Vietnamese cultural works and enjoy painting exhibitions.-VNA