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Vietnam PM leaves for Russia, to meet Putin, Medvedev
By Thanh Nien News -

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Photo: Ngoc Thang Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Photo: Ngoc Thang

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc left today for a five-day official visit to Russia where he will also attend the Commemorative Summit marking the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Relationship.
His first foreign trip as prime minister comes at the invitations of Russian President Vladimir Putin and PM Dmitry Medvedev, the government website reported.
The visit marks the aspiration and determination of the two sides to take their comprehensive strategic partnership to the next level, the website reported.
Phuc is accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, Minister-Head of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and others.
He is scheduled to hold talks with Medvedev and meet Putin and Duma leaders to exchange views and seek measures to beef up bilateral ties, particularly in trade, investment, military technologies, energy, education and training.
He will attend the Commemorative Summit in Sochi on May 19-20.
In 2008 Vietnam and Russia set up an annual strategic diplomatic-defense-security dialogue mechanism at the foreign ministers’ level.
Bilateral trade was worth US$2.2 billion last year.
Russia has invested $2 billion in Vietnam while in the other direction investment flows have been worth $2.93 billion.