Vietnam and Russia Seek to Make Good on Cooperation Agreements
Viet Nam and Russia needed to work closely to implement agreements signed by leaders, focusing on boosting bilateral co-operation in economics, trade, investment, culture, education and training, and science and technology, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
Speaking with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister A.Borodavkin here yesterday, he highly valued the outcome of the regular political consultation at deputy foreign ministerial level between the two foreign ministries, saying the results showed confidence and co-operation between the two ministries and made contributions to the Vietnam-Russia strategic partnership. Dung also asked both sides to prepare for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's visit to Vietnam in July.
He affirmed Vietnam's readiness to accelerate negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) between Viet Nam and member countries of the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Alliance, which is expected to facilitate trade and investment, and targets raising two-way trade to US$3 billion by 2012 and $10 billion by 2020.
Dung said Vietnam was also ready to co-operate with Russia in aviation and space technology for peaceful purposes, as well as organising the APEC 2012 Summit.
Borodavkin informed Prime Minister Dung that during the meeting, the two sides discussed orientations and measures to enhance bilateral co-operation and ease difficulties to accelerate the implementation of strategic co-operation projects, especially the construction of Vietnam's first nuclear-power plant.
Both sides supported the continued expansion of co-operation in energy and the implementation of guidelines that specified that the head of the Vietnam-Russia intergovernmental committee on economic trade and scientific-technological co-operation would be a permanent deputy prime minister/first deputy prime minister, he told Dung.