Vietnamese, Russian defence ministers hold phone talks hinh anh 1Minister of Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Phan Van Giang at the talks (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) -
Minister of Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Phan Van Giang held a phone discussion on June 11 with Russian Minister of Defence Gen. Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu.

The two ministers affirmed their appreciation of the two countries’ history of relationship, including defence ties. They highlighted their readiness to foster such relations together in contributing to the two countries' traditional friendship as well as the Vietnam - Russia comprehensive strategic partnership.

Over the past, the two defence ministries have effectively implemented high-level agreements and cooperation contents through making efforts in building related specific plans and programmes as well as optimising their existing cooperation mechanisms and frameworks.

The ministers agreed to carry out a series of prioritised joint work, including training; multilateral activities hosted by the Russian side; COVID-19 prevention and control; research within the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre; and engagements between the General Political Department of the Vietnam People’s Army and the Directorate for Political-Military Affairs of the Russian Armed Forces.

Giang took the occasion to invite the Russian minister to visit Vietnam at an appropriate time this year.

Shoygu congratulated Giang on his appointment as defence minister, and expressed his belief that in his current post, Giang will continue making significant contributions to developing the relationship between the two nations and armies./.