MOSCOW, December 1. / TASS /. Trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Vietnam is developing gradually, the two countries are working well together during the pandemic, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Wednesday during his meeting with Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Moscow.
“Our trade and economic cooperation is developing gradually despite the coronavirus: between January and September, our mutual trade volume increased by more than 16% compared to 2020, reaching $ 5 billion,” Mishustin said.
“We are cooperating fruitfully in the fight against the coronavirus; we have sent modern test systems and a mobile laboratory to Vietnam; we have shipped Russian vaccines which have proven to be effective, ”he continued.
The prime minister noted that production of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine has been established in Vietnam, with shipments of the Sputnik Light vaccine currently under discussion.
“I am confident that mass vaccination will allow us to protect the health of the people and deal with the pandemic,” Mishustin said.
He noted that he was happy to be able to meet the President of Vietnam in person.
“Friendship and partnership relations [between Russia and Vietnam] are based on our glorious common history; our country supported the struggle of the Vietnamese people for liberation from colonialism, we helped defend its independence back then, “Mishustin said, noting that the parties are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the declaration of strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia.