Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang, Hanoi, March 23, 2018

Friday, 23 March 2018 13:37

Mr President,

First of all, I would like to thank you for giving this reception and for the opportunity to meet with you and convey Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warmest greetings and best wishes to you.

Vietnam is our strategic partner and we are building a comprehensive strategic partnership with it. Our relations have been tested by time and have passed the test of the joint fight for the triumph of justice in global affairs and for the right of nations to choose their destiny themselves.

Everything we are doing today is based on the brotherhood of our peoples, on the agreements that you reached with President Vladimir Putin, in particular those agreed upon during your official visit to Russia and on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Da Nang.

Our relations are being constantly enriched and filled with new content, in particular, the signing and entry into force of the Agreement on Free Trade Area between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union which last year resulted in a 30-per cent growth in our trade.

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