VOV.VN – Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son has asked the Russian Government to support the acceleration of COVID-19 vaccine production technology transfer to Vietnam to ensure a stable and sustainable supply.
During a meeting with the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko as part of his official visit to Russia from September 25 to 28, the Vietnamese diplomat congratulated Russia on its major development achievements, affirming that Vietnam always attaches importance to the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership with the Russian Federation.
He thanked the Russian Government for its timely support to Vietnam in pandemic prevention and control, especially the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, and the recent transfer of biological products to Vietnam for local production of 1 million doses.
In response, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said his nation regards Vietnam as a friend and a reliable partner, while showing his elation at the Southeast Asian nation’s achievements, especially in macro-economic stabilization, response to the pandemic, and vaccination for people.
Both sides expressed their delight at the great strides in their comprehensive strategic partnership in recent years. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they still maintain exchanges through online forms at all levels, key areas of cooperation, including economy and trade which are constantly being strengthened, and practical and timely cooperation in disease control.
They agreed that in the face of the current rapidly changing situation, it is essential to redouble efforts to remove obstacles, offer mutual support and continue to find new cooperation directions to promote the Vietnam-Russia strategic partnership in a substantive and effective manner.
The pair suggested promoting cooperation mechanism of the Intergovernmental Committee on economic, scientific and technical cooperation as well as close and regular coordination between ministries and sectors to speed up the implementation of key projects, encourage and create conditions for Vietnam – Russia joint ventures as well as both nations’ enterprises to invest in each country, on the basis of utilizing successes of Vietnam – Russia joint venture enterprises.
They underlined the need to fully tap the advantages brought by the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) , facilitate the export of products that can be complemented each other in each country’s market towards a healthy and balanced trade balance.
Besides the traditional fields of cooperation such as energy and oil and gas, the two sides also stressed the necessity of expanding into new fields of cooperation that Russia has strengths and Vietnam has demand such as high-tech science and technology, and scientific research.
The Russian Deputy PM consented to consider increasing scholarships for Vietnamese students at the request of Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.
Regarding the issue of Vietnamese in Russia, Dmitry Chernyshenko said that he would direct relevant Russian agencies to consider and facilitate the extension of residence for Vietnamese citizens who have expired visas and were unable to return home due to travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.