Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung presents the Friendship Order of the State President of Vietnam to Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vnukov. (Photo: VNA)
- Outgoing Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vnukov has expressed his
positive impression of Vietnam and its people and shared his assessment of the
prospects for developing the partnership between the two countries in the time
In a recent interview with Russian news agency
Sputnik, the ambassador said that through meetings with Vietnamese
friends, he found that Vietnamese people have a deep solidarity with and
friendship towards Russia and its people, adding that the Russian language
continues to be popular in the country.
He was impressed with the inauguration of a statue of famous
Russian poet Alexandre Sergeievich Pushkin at Hoa Binh Park in Hanoi.
During his tenure, Vietnam became the first country in the world to sign a free
trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).
Trade ties between Russia and Vietnam saw fruitful growth last year despite the
impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with two-way trade rising 15 percent to 5.7
billion USD. Russia’s exports to Vietnam have been on the rise.
Bilateral relations have now expanded to new fields. The Russian side is
seeking opportunities to export foodstuffs to Vietnam.
According to figures from Russian customs, two-way trade in January surged 46
percent year-on-year, hitting 460 million USD.
Vnukov said joint venture companies between the two countries, such as the Vietnam - Russia oil and gas joint venture Vietsovpetro,
the Vietnam - Russia Joint Venture Bank, and the Vietnam - Russia Tropical
Centre, are operating effectively, contributing to promoting bilateral
He suggested the two countries continue their cooperation in oil and gas
exploitation, renewable energy development, nuclear science and technology,
healthcare, and biotechnology, expressing a belief that joint efforts by the two
sides will bring effective cooperation in high-technology./.