A workshop on Russian-Vietnamese relations took place in Moscow on May 17 to review the outcomes of bilateral cooperation and discuss ways of boosting the relationship.

Speaking at the seminar, Sergey Luzianin, the Acting Director for the Institute of Far East Studies , stressed the importance of reviewing the status quo and prospects for Vietnamese-Russian relations in the 21st century.

Subsequently a number of proposals and measures will be submitted to the leaders of both countries, for their mutual benefit and bilateral strategic partnership, he said.

Igor Khovaev from the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Russia is keen to develop its relations with countries it has traditionally been friendly with, including Vietnam . In his decree on external policies earlier this month, newly-elected President Vladimir Putin stated that Vietnam is one of Russia ’s three leading partners in Asia, along with India and China .

Vietnam ’s ambassador to Russia Pham Xuan Son, praised the efforts and contributions made by Russian specialists and scientists, including the Institute’s staff, to strengthening the friendly relationship between both countries.

The Vietnamese Party and State continue to prioritise their relationship with Russia and want to boost bilateral cooperation, said the diplomat.

At the workshop, the participants discussed over 10 reports on bilateral relations. They agreed that Russian-Vietnamese ties have developed, but bilateral economic cooperation is still not on par with their close political ties.

All agreed on the need to diversify economic and trade ties and cooperate more in investment , adding that there also needs to be an increase in diplomatic and economic cooperation between provinces and cities from both countries.-VNA