Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Opens Russian Center in Hanoi
On July 22, the Russkiy Mir Foundation opened a Russian Center at the International School of Vietnam National University in Hanoi. This is the first Russian Center of the Foundation in Vietnam.
The opening ceremony was attended by Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov, former Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Vu Hoang, Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrei Kovtun, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam Hguyen Quoc Cuong, Deputy Director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Vasily Istratov, Rector of the International School Nguyen Trong Do as well as a number of other officials and Russian specialists from Russia and Vietnam.
Welcoming the participants of the opening ceremony of the Russian Center, Minister Lavrov spoke of the invaluable assets of friendship between the Russian and Vietnamese peoples, noting that the Russian Center will become a symbol of this friendship. "It is comforting to know that not only the older and middle generations are interested in Russia and the Russian language," Minister Lavrov noted. "In my meeting today with the President of Vietnam Nguyễn Minh Triết, a very young man did a wonderful job of translating our conversation. He represents a new generation of Vietnamese Russian specialists. In Vietnam the Russian language will continue to play a large role, which guarantees the strengthening of our strategic partnership in the years ahead."
Professor Vu Minh Giang, Vice President of Vietnam National University (Hanoi), expressed his gratitude for the creation of the Russian Center by the Russkiy Mir Foundation. He thanked Minister Lavrov for participating in the opening of the center, which provided a particularly high status to this significant event for the university.
"Thanks to the Russian language, Russian science and education have formed a constellation of distinguished figures in the politics, economics, sciences and arts of modern-day Veitnam," professor Giang said. "As a director of Vietnam National University, I can say that a majority of the highly qualified professors and instructors in our institution received their education in Russia. Thus the opening of the Russian Center here is quite needed, and my colleagues will now have access to Russian electronic libraries, which is quite important for us. This is why the opening of the Russian Center is a major event for me."
"The Russian Center is not only a window into the richness of Russian culture," said Nguyen Trong Do, head of the International School. "It is also a bridge linking the elite of the modern Vietnamese intelligentsia that received its education in republics of the former Soviet Union with the enormous treasure of knowledge that will be linked with the Russian Center in Hanoi."
Deputy Executive Director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Visily Istratov noted that this opening ceremony was the first outside the CIS to take place exclusively in the Russian language. "This demonstrates the high status of Russian language in Vietnam and the closeness of our countries despite the geographical distances between them."