Vietnam and Russia have agreed to boost their defence cooperation on the basis of bilateral treaties and agreements.
At the talks betweenSenior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and Deputy Defence Minister, and General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Armed Forces
The agreement was reached during talks between Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, Chief of the GeneralStaff of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and Deputy Defence Minister,and General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the RussianFederation Armed Forces.
Giang is leading a Vietnamese delegation topay an official visit to Russia and to attend the closing ceremony of the InternationalArmy Games 2019, running from August 13-19, at the invitation of Gerasimov.
Both sides also agreed to accelerate the signing of documents to enhancecooperation, comprising the joint vision on defence cooperation during2019-2023 and boost collaboration in military tactics, legistation, medicine,and training.
At the event, Giang said the Vietnamese Party, State and Government alwaysattach importance to developing ties with Russia.
He said bilateral cooperative relations have witnessed significantbreakthroughs, and been deepened in various sectors, partly thanks to the twodefence ministries agreeing to hold 70 external activities, 12 of which arebeing held in the framework of the Vietnam-Russia Year and Russia-Vietnam Yearevents during 2019-2020.
For his part, the Russian official said Vietnam is a traditional friend ofRussia, and their sound relations have been proven over a long time.
Russia thinks highly of the proactiveness of the strategic dialogues as well asagreements reached between leaders of both sides, he said.
Describing the delegation’s visit as an important activity to mark the Vietnam-RussiaYear and Russia-Vietnam Year, Gerasimov expressed his hope it will makesignificant contributions to promoting bilateral defence cooperation, which isa pillar in the Vietnam-Russia partnership.
He rejoiced at fruitful defence cooperation in recent times, saying regularhigh-level visits further defence ties, and lauded outcomes of the bilateralcollaboration in military tactics, medicine, legislation and training, while sayingRussia will continue present to scholarships for the Vietnamese military in the2019-2020 academic year.
The host thanked the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence for sending eight teams tothe International Army Games 2019, and spoke highly of the Vietnamese frigate016-Quang Trung’s courtesy visit to Russia.
Russia will continue its engagement in the regional security structure throughattending the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus), he said,wishing that the establishment of regional cooperation mechanisms abide by theUN Convention, and be in line with international laws and promote the centralrole of ASEAN and the bond between the bloc and the dialogue nations to ensuresecurity, peace and development.
Giang invited the Russian General to pay an official visit to Vietnam on theoccasion of the 75th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’sArmy (December 22), and the latter accepted the invitation with pleasure.-VNA