September 6, 2018 / 1:13 PM / a year ago

Putin says Russia interested in closer security ties with Vietnam: RIA

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint news conference with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto following their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia August 22, 2018. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via Reuters/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia wants closer military and security ties with Vietnam, President Vladimir Putin told the general secretary of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, during a meeting in Russia’s Black Sea port of Sochi, the RIA news agency reported.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Writing by Tom Balmforth

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