PM Dung pledges to strengthen economic co-operation with Russia (20-10-2007) Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives Russian Minister of Industry and Energy Boris Khristenco. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam HA NOI — The Government of Viet Nam will boost co-operation with Russia in the areas of trade, investment and the economy, to lift relations between the two countries to a new stage, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The Prime Minister met with Russian Minister of Industry and Energy Boris Khristenco in the capital yesterday. Dung said Khristenco’s visit reflected both sides confidence in and active implementation of agreements made between the two countries’ leaders during the Prime Minister’s recent visit to Russia. He said Russia was the first strategic partner and a loyal friend of Viet Nam, therefore the Government and the people of Viet Nam would never forget Russia’s support to Viet Nam’s cause of national liberation and development. Khristenco said trade is a key issue in economic co-operation between the two sides. He informed Dung on the results of a working session between inter-governmental committees of the two countries, in which the two sides agreed to boost co-operation in oil and gas, energy, minerals, and projects to make lorries, tractors and bulldozers. Gas, energy Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang talks with Russian Minister of Industry and Energy V.B. Khristenko that focused on gas and energy, in Ha Noi yesterday. The two ministers signed minutes on settling issues relating to the VietsovPetro joint venture….