The Russian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City held a ceremony celebrating the 65th anniversary of Vietnam-Russia diplomatic ties on January 30.

Consul General Aleksei Vladimirovich Popov reviewed the traditional relations between the two nations.

The Soviet Union was one of the first nations in the world recognising the State of Vietnam, contributing to increasing Vietnam’s position in the international arena and to the country’s victories in its struggles for independence.

Russia helped Vietnam in building key infrastructure projects, such as Hoa Binh and Tri An hydropower plants, Pha Lai thermoelectricity plant and Vietnam-Russia Oil and Gas Joint Venture Vietsopetro, which play an important role in promoting Vietnam’s economic development.

About 4,000 Vietnamese citizens are attending different training programmes in Russia, Popov said.

The number of tourists travelling between the two sides has surged remarkably in recent years, with over 365,000 Russian holiday-makers visiting Vietnam in 2014.

HCM City and other southern localities play an important role in promoting the ties between the two countries, he noted.

In his speech, Le Thanh Liem, Vice Chairman of HCM City’s People Committee affirmed the municipal authorities will do their utmost to enhance cooperation with Russia and its localities in particular.

All-around cooperation between the Vietnamese city and Russia saw positive results in recent times, Liem stressed, adding that the local authorities are willing to create favourable condition for businesses and investors from Russia to operate in the city.

According to the vice chairman, trade turnover between HCM City and Russia hit almost 300 million USD in 2014. As many as 21 Russian-invested projects worth over 32 million USD are being implemented in the city.-VNA