An art performance at the ceremony (Photo: VNA)
– The Vietnamese Veterans’ Association in Russia organised
an ceremony in Moscow on April 30 to mark Vietnam’s 46th National
Reunification Day and the association’s fifth founding anniversary.
Speaking at the event, Vice President of the association Do
Van Tieu expressed his profound gratitude for the martyrs who sacrificed for
the country's independence and unification.
He also congratulated all veterans who had participated in
the struggle for the liberation of the South of Vietnam and national
reunification as well as those joining the wars to safeguard the country.
Forty-six years since the reunification, under the
leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Vietnam has grown unceasingly, with
its per capita income up 30-fold, and its prestige in the international arena
improving, he stressed.
Vietnamese Defence Attaché in Russia Colonel Tran Tien
Phuong congratulated the association on its fifth founding anniversary, hailing
the veterans’ contributions to the sustainable development of the Overseas
Vietnamese community in Russia as well as the national development.
Also on the occasion, former Russian military experts who helped Vietnam during the war, congratulated Vietnam on its
great victory for national reunification on April 30, 1975 and highlighted the
role of President Ho Chi Minh in this prolonged struggle.
In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency correspondents
in Moscow, Nikolai Nikolaevicj Kolesnik, Chairman of the
Association of Russian Veterans in Vietnam, said the April 30th triumph was a
historic victory which reunified Vietnam. He expressed his pride that the Soviet
Union made contribution to Vietnam's victory.
Major General Anatoly Pozdeev, Vice President of the
Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association, said Vietnam’s great victory over the
American imperialists and the establishment of the Socialist Republic of
Vietnam have great historical significance.
Colonel Alexey Skreblyukov, Chairman of the Russian War
Veterans’ Association in Saint Petersburg said there are no words that can
describe the great victory of Vietnam. He said many Russian war veterans
wished to have a chance to visit Vietnam, which they consider their second