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27 July 2009

Russian FM: Vietnam should develop nuclear energy

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Nuclear energy was a promising area of development in Vietnam, said visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Gia Khiem Saturday.

“Our talks focused on further concrete steps to search for ways of full-scale intensification of strategic partnership between the two countries,” the Russian foreign minister was quoted by ITAR-TASS news agency as saying.

“We appreciate a candid and friendly high-level dialogue between Russia and Vietnam,” Lavrov added.

The Russian foreign minister said he was sure that “events devoted to the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Vietnam would pass at a very high level”.

“We’ve already achieved good results but the potential of our two countries is broader than our achievements. In this connection, we are pinning certain hopes on a session of the inter-governmental commission for trade and economic and scientific-technological cooperation,” the Russian minister added.

The Russian foreign minister mentioned good plans in the cultural sphere. The sides agreed to improve the work of the Russian centre of science and culture in Hanoi and step up the signing of documents on cultural exchanges for the next three years.

The Russian foreign minister informed the Vietnamese side about plans to increase scholarships for Vietnamese students. There are also plans to open a subsidiary of one of Russia’s higher educational establishments in Vietnam.

The two countries’ international cooperation deserves the highest praise, according to Lavrov. He said that Russian-Vietnamese cooperation was particularly noticeable at the United Nations Security Council, of which Vietnam is a non-permanent member.
Sergei Lavrov invited Pham Gia Khiem to visit Moscow.

Speaking about relations in the energy sector with Vietnam, the Russian foreign minister said he thought it to be mutually beneficial.

“An oil and gas enterprise ‘Vietsovpetro’ has been operating in Vietnam for several years. It has recently extracted 180 million tons of oil,” Lavrov said, adding that a similar joint venture had been set up in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region in Russia.


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