Vietnamese PM to visit Russia, Belarus to boost ties

HANOI, May 10 — Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will pay official visits to Russia and Belarus from May 12 to 17, to boost bilateral ties.

As scheduled, during their talks in Russia, PM Dung and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev will discuss orientations and measures to bolster the bilateral ties in politics, economy, security and defence, as well as to review the implementation of big projects in nuclear power and oil and gas industries.

Speeding up negotiations for a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Customs Union of Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan and expanding bilateral cooperation in the fields of telecommunications, use of space for peaceful purposes are also highlights of the working agenda, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.

The two PMs are likely to touch upon some important issues, including acceleration of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

PM Dung will also inspect two submarines made by Russia in line with Vietnam’s order, and visit a nuclear power construction site. This plant’s nuclear power technology is expected to be applied at Ninh Thuan 1 Nuclear Power Plant in central Vietnam.

After leaving Russia, the Vietnamese PM will pay an official visit to Belarus from May 15 to 17, said the ministry.

Vietnam officially established diplomatic ties with the Russian Federation (the then Soviet Union) in 1950 while the country established diplomatic ties at ambassadorial level with Belarus in 1992.