Telephone conversation with President of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong 2020-06-11 18:00:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong at the Vietnamese side’s initiative. Nguyen Phu Trong congratulated Vladimir Putin and the entire nation of Russia on the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and Russia Day. The two presidents expressed their satisfaction with the current state of Russian-Vietnamese comprehensive strategic partnership. They noted that this year marked the 70th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations. They also praised the cooperation and mutual aid in countering the spread of the coronavirus, including in providing diagnostic tools and personal protective equipment as well as sending Russian experts to Vietnam. Specific areas of further development of bilateral relations were discussed in detail. The two leaders noted their interest in expanding trade and economic cooperation, including be means of using the Agreement on Free Trade between the EAEU and Vietnam to its fullest potential. They noted the importance of cooperation in the energy sector, both as part of the existing projects on hydrocarbon exploration and new ones, in particular in power generation and peaceful use of nuclear energy. Vladimir Putin and Nguyen Phu Trong reaffirmed their mutual commitment to promote cooperation on international and regional problems, considering Russia’s chairmanship in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and BRICS and Vietnam’s chairmanship in ASEAN and the East Asia Summit.