Vladimir Putin signs deals with Vietnam in bid to strengthen ties in Asia

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jun21,2024
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a series of deals with his Vietnamese counterpart Tô Lâm during a state visit.
The background: The two men signed agreements on Thursday to further cooperation on education, science and technology, oil and gas exploration and health.
They also agreed to work on a road map for a nuclear science and technology centre in Vietnam.
Putin arrived in the country from North Korea, on Wednesday, enhancing relations between Moscow and Pyongyang.

The key quote: “Russia is signalling that it is not isolated in Asia despite the Ukraine war, and Vietnam is reinforcing a key traditional relationship even as it also diversifies ties with newer partners.” — Prashanth Parameswaran, a fellow with the Wilson Center’s Asia Program.

A large group of men in suits, with Vladimir Putin in the centre, standing for a photograph. An aircraft is behind them.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (centre) poses for a group photograph before departing from Noi Bai International Airport. Source: SIPA USA / Григоров Гавриил / Gavriil Grigorov

What else to know: Earlier this week, the United States Embassy in Vietnam criticised the Russian president’s visit, saying no country should be providing a platform for him to promote his war against Ukraine.

What happens now: Vietnam has maintained a neutral stance in Russia’s war against Ukraine, but these agreements are set to put that neutrality into question.
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