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Cooperation between Russia and Vietnam Strengthens Steadily

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Vietnam is one of Russia’s key partners in the Asia-Pacific region. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) and Russia continue to develop cooperation, which has traditionally been friendly, based on years of close cooperation in a wide range of areas (diplomatic relations were established on 30 January 1950). The bilateral legal framework consists of over eighty documents, including such fundamental instruments as the Treaty of Friendship (1994) and the Declaration on Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century (2001).

The strategic partnership between Russia and the SRV became comprehensive in July 2012. This cooperation clearly reflects Russia’s “pivot to the East”, which has become particularly relevant in the current international climate of increasing Russophobia in the West. The said development of cooperation is not an alternative to relations with China, but an opportunity to diversify trade, economic and military-strategic relations in the East.

In the face of growing tensions in Eurasia and a policy of harsh sanctions by the US and the EU, Russia is naturally interested in strengthening cooperation with its longstanding partner in East Asia, Vietnam. Its political elites are well aware that Russia, as a great global and Asian power with considerable military potential and as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has been and remains an essential factor in maintaining peace and stability in the region. It can and should play an important role in shaping the future security system in the Asia-Pacific region in general and in Southeast Asia in particular, both as an active participant and as a reliable guarantor of agreements yet to be reached.

The importance of developing relations with the SRV is determined by shared interests and fears about attempts by the US and its Western allies to complicate the international environment and security in the Asia-Pacific region. It is also linked to the need to ensure a peaceful environment for economic development in the Asia-Pacific region, as........

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