MOSCOW, April 25. /TASS/. Vietnam is Russia’s major partner in the Asia-Pacific region and relations with this country are among Russia’s foreign policy priorities, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Ngo Xuan Lich.
Shoigu congratulated the defense minister on his appointment, expressing gratitude that his first visit was to Russia.
"We consider your country as a strategic ally, an old and reliable friend. Vietnam is for us a major partner in ensuring security in the Asian-Pacific Region," Shoigu said.