Putin seeks assist from outdated ally Vietnam amid Russia’s rising isolation | EUROtoday

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SINGAPORE — Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Vietnam on Thursday bolstering assist from an outdated ally in Asia amid Russia’s ongoing battle with Ukraine, which has left it more and more remoted from the West.

Visiting Vietnam for the primary time since 2017, Putin arrived early Thursday within the capital, Hanoi, and was obtained by President To Lam. According to the Russian information company Interfax, the 2 leaders agreed to extend cooperation on vitality and analysis into nuclear science and know-how.

Putin, who was joined by Defense Minister Andrei Belousov, stated each Russia and Vietnam consider in “building solid, relevant security architecture is Asia … on the principles of the nonuse of force and a peaceful settlement of disputes.” He added that there might be “no place for closed military-political blocs.” Ahead of the go to, Putin additionally thanked Vietnam for its “balanced position” on Russia’s battle towards Ukraine.

Lam, a hard-liner in Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party who not too long ago rose to energy, praised Putin earlier than the start of closed-door negotiations, saying that Russia’s international standing has been “growing steadily” underneath his management. “Our people and I personally view the development of bilateral relations as very important and highly appreciate your support for relations between our states,” he stated.


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While Russia and Vietnam have been shut allies for the reason that Cold War period, the sheen on that relationship has light lately as Vietnam has cultivated hotter relations with the United States in an effort to stability the projection of Chinese energy, political analysts say.

Vietnam has been progressively weaning itself off its reliance on Russian protection gear and final 12 months upgraded its relationship with the United States to the very best attainable degree, granting it the identical standing as China and Russia. The United States is now Vietnam’s largest export market and has been rising safety help, notably at sea, the place Vietnam faces encroachment from Chinese forces.

Officials on the U.S. Embassy earlier this week criticized Hanoi for agreeing to host Putin, who faces an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court on a cost of illegally deporting and transferring Ukrainian kids, a battle crime, throughout Russia’s battle towards Ukraine.

“No country should give Putin a platform to promote his war of aggression and otherwise allow him to normalize his atrocities,” the U.S. Embassy stated.

Putin’s cease in Hanoi was a part of a concerted marketing campaign to shore up worldwide assist within the face of the West’s rising efforts to shun his nation, together with with mounting sanctions. He visited China final month and traveled earlier this week to North Korea, the place he signed a brand new strategic pact with chief Kim Jong Un.

For Putin, the go to to Vietnam is an opportunity to display that Russia nonetheless has international attain, stated Alexander Vuving, a professor on the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu who research Vietnamese international coverage. Vietnam is “a significant country in a significant region” that’s more and more being courted by the world’s superpowers, Vuving stated. “Russia, of course, wants to show that it’s still a friend,” he added.

Robyn Dixon in Riga, Latvia, contributed to this report.