HANOI/MOSCOWfishingshop, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam and Russia issued on Thursday a joint statement to strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership, Vietnam News Agency reported.

fishingshop|Vietnam, Russia pledge to deepen comprehensive strategic partnership

The statement was made after the talks between Vietnamese President To Lam and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who was on a state visit to Vietnam.

The two leaders also witnessed the signing of multiple bilateral cooperation documents on such fields as education and justice, pledging to strengthen high-level exchanges and promote bilateral trade and investment.

Putin said that Russia places great importance on further strengthening the traditionally friendly Russian-Vietnamese relations, adding that ties between the two countries are based on equality, mutual respect, and "continue to develop progressively."

In a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Putin said that Moscow will aim to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries despite current difficulties.