PM Phuc Arrives in Moscow for Summit Meetings with Russian Leaders

2:36:58 PM | 5/22/2019

The official welcome ceremony for Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his entourage took place on Tuesday afternoon (local time) at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow upon his arrival.

During the next two days, PM Phuc will have in-depth discussions with senior Russian leaders on ways to further strengthen the Viet Nam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership.

PM Phuc expressed his hope that his visit would help further deepen the bilateral ties in an effective and practical manner for mutual benefits.
The bilateral ties have advanced positively and increasingly fine through regular exchange of high-level visits, including Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to Russia in September last year and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s official visit to Viet Nam  in November the same year, according to Phuc.

The free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the Eurasian Economic Union of 2016 has helped Viet Nam to boost its trade with Russia, Phuc said in an interview with TASS on Monday ahead of his official visit to Moscow due on May 20-23.

The free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the Eurasian Economic Union that came into force in October 2016 has given a major impetus to sustainable growth of Vietnamese-Russian trade," he said, adding that in 2017 bilateral trade grew by 31% from 2016 and reached US$3.55 billion.
In 2018, trade between the two countries continued to demonstrate upwards dynamics, reaching US$4.5 billion, or up by 28.6% on 2017. In the first quarter of 2019, bilateral trade was US$1.13 billion, increasing by 10.65% on the same period last year.

Agriculture is among the most promising spheres of cooperation with the biggest potential in terms of possible growth of trade and investments," he stressed.

Viet Nam and Russia have enjoyed fruitful energy cooperation as evidenced by the deployment of a number of mega projects in respective countries. Earlier the same day, PM Phuc visited Saint Petersburg city where he attended an exhibition entitled “Vietnamese ancient cultures” held for the first time at the Winter Palace under the framework of the Cross Year between the two countries, also known as the Viet Nam Year in Russia and the Russia Year in Viet Nam.

Phuc and his entourage laid wreath at the Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery, which is dedicated to victims of the Siege of Leningrad and soldiers of the Leningrad Front.

He came to visit the legendary Russian cruiser Aurora, touted as a revolution icon since it fired a shot to beckon the last attack at the Winter Palace in Petrograd on November 11, 1917.

Phuc also toured the Winter Palace, part of the Hermitage Museum, which displays some three million art works and met with Acting Governor of Saint Petersburg Alexander Beglov.