Russia, Vietnam ink deals on nuclear energy, weapons 2009-12-15 05:34:44   Print

    MOSCOW, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Tuesday signed a document to build Vietnam's first nuclear power plant, and another deal to deliver Russian-made weaponry to the Southeast Asian country, Russian news agencies reported.

    The nuclear energy agreement was endorsed by Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia's state-run nuclear agency Rosatom, and Pham LeThanh, the head of Vietnam's electricity company EVN.

    "We are ready to render comprehensive support to the fulfillment of the Vietnamese atomic energy program for the period until 2020," Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said after talks with his visiting Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung.

    Meanwhile, Russia's state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport and the Vietnamese Defense Ministry's General Export-Import Company clinched a major arms deal.

    "Vietnam has signed with Russia a contract on the delivery of aircraft and related military hardware," Dung said after meeting with Putin, without giving further details.

    Interfax quoted an unidentified defense industry source as saying that Russian has agreed to supply Vietnam with six Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines, with its total value at about 2 billion U.S. dollars.

    Dung arrived here on Monday for a two-day visit. He also met with President Dmitry Medvedev earlier in the day.

Editor: Yan
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