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Russia's Lavrov visits Hanoi prior to the G20 meeting

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Hanoi — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will fly to Hanoi on Tuesday to visit Vietnam for two days and head for the G20 conference in Indonesia later this week, the Vietnamese government said.

The government said in a statement that the visit by Vietnam's Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son will be held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the "comprehensive strategic partnership" between the two countries.

Russia is Vietnam's largest arms supplier and its companies are involved in several major energy projects in Vietnam.

The two countries have a close relationship dating back to the Soviet era, and Vietnam has not so far condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a "special operation."

In April, Vietnam voted against a resolution to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council over the war.

Trade between Vietnam and Russia increased 25% last year to $ 7.1 billion, the statement said.

Lavrov will attend the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bali, Indonesia later this week. (Report by KhanhVu, edited by EdDavies)