Russia and Vietnam in the 21st Century: The Realisation of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

A conference by the ASEAN Centre and the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam on the theme “Russia-Vietnam relations in the 21st Century: The Realisation of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” was held in Hanoi. The Russian side comprised Victor Sumsky, Director of the ASEAN Centre; Ekaterina Koldunova, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Political Science of MGIMO; Evgeny Kanaev, the ASEAN Centre expert and leading researcher at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences; Nikolai Maletin, Professor of the Department of Oriental Studies of MGIMO; Vladimir Mazyrin, leading researcher at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences; Grigory Lokshin, leading researcher at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences; and Yaroslav Lissovolik, Professor of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Vietnamese representatives were of the opinion that a comprehensive and frank dialogue on Vietnam and Russia’s bilateral relations was long overdue. The fact that the conference took place just after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and President of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly Valentina Matvienko’s visits to Hanoi gave the discussion a special urgency.

The conference was opened by President of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam Dang Dinh Quy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Vietnam Andrei Kovtun, and ASEAN Centre Director Victor Sumsky.

During the event, Russian and Vietnamese experts gave a comparative analysis of Vietnam and Russia’s experiences with reforms, analysed the dynamics of relations between Russia and Vietnam in the 21st Century, compared the points of view of both countries on major regional developments, and discussed the global context of Russia-Vietnam relations.

Having considered the main directions, status and prospects of bilateral cooperation, the experts concluded that relations between the two countries have grown in scale, quality and diversity, and are akin to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Successful cooperation with Vietnam is also conducive to Russia’s development of her relations – first of all, in the economic sphere – with other ASEAN countries and the Association as a whole. The activities of the ASEAN Centre in MGIMO which are aimed, inter alia, at enhancing academic exchanges and analytical support for Russian initiatives, will play a role in this.

Ekaterina KOLDUNOVA and Evgeny KANAEV
ASEAN Centre



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