The Russian president continues his Asian tour after historic visit to North Korea Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on June 19, 2024 © RT

Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet his Vietnamese counterpart To Lam, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, and other top officials in Hanoi, with the talks expected to encompass various aspects of the ties between the two nations, including economic partnership, trade, scientific and technical cooperation.

The Vietnamese delegation met Putin with a red carpet and honor guard as he touched down at Hanoi’s Noi Bai international airport early on Thursday morning, but the official welcoming ceremony was scheduled to take place later in the day.

The Vietnam trip comes immediately after Putin’s state visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, where he was hosted by the country’s leader Kim Jong-un, and signed a comprehensive new partnership treaty.

  • 20 June 2024

    03:54 GMT

    The US Embassy in Hanoi denounced the Vietnamese government for hosting a state visit by the Russian President, marking the latest failure by Washington to isolate Moscow over its conflict with Ukraine.

    “No country should give Putin a platform to promote his war of aggression and otherwise allow him to normalize his atrocities,” an embassy spokesperson told Reuters on Monday. “If he is able to travel freely, it could normalize Russia’s blatant violations of international law.”

  • 03:50 GMT

    Putin lauds de-dollarization in trade with Asian partner Putin lauds de-dollarization in trade with Asian partner

    Ahead of his visit to the Southeast Asian country, Putin wrote an article for the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Vietnam, in which he noted that the two countries were paying serious attention to enhancing mutual trade and promoting investment, particularly in the Russian ruble and the Vietnamese dong.

    “Food, mineral resources, machinery and equipment are exported to Vietnam. Many Vietnamese goods, including clothing, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products, are in demand on the Russian market,” Putin stated, lauding the role of the free economic trade agreement between the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Vietnam.

  • 03:39 GMT

    President Putin’s plane touched down at Hanoi’s Noi Bai international airport around 2am local time. Despite the late night arrival, the Russian leader was greeted by several top Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) officials, including the Secretary of the Central Committee and Chairman of the Commission for External Relations, Le Hoai Trung, as well as Deputy Foreign Minister, Le Thi Thu Hang.