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MOSCOW, May 17. /TASS/. A delegation of Russia’s Federation Council upper parliament house led by its speaker Valentina Matviyenko plans to visit Vietnam in December 2016.
"I plan to pay another visit to Vietnam this December at the invitation of Vietnam’s National Assembly," she said on Tuesday at a meeting with Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
She reminded that during her last visit to Vietnam in November 2012 the Russian delegation had "constructive talks with the political leadership" of that country.
Earlier in the day, Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of the lower house of Russian parliament, or the State Duma, announced Matviyenko’s plans to visit Vietnam.
The upper house speaker stressed that cooperation with Vietnam is one of Russia’s top geopolitical priorities in the Asia Pacific region. "We are satisfied with the development of our ties and strategic partnership," she said, adding that Russia appreciated the Vietnamese president’s presence at the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. "It was a gesture of real friendship," Matviyenko stressed.
Inter-parliamentary ties between the two countries are a major component of interstate relations, she said, adding that this year the two countries are marking the 60th anniversary of relations between their parliaments. "We are interested in further expansion of parliamentary ties," Matviyenko underscored.