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Russia’s Lavrov to visit Hanoi ahead of G20 meeting

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will fly to Hanoi on Tuesday for a two-day visit to Vietnam before heading to a G20 meeting later this week in Indonesia, the Vietnamese government said. The visit at the invitation of Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son comes as the two nations mark the 10th anniversary of their “comprehensive strategic partnership”, the government said in a statement . Russia is Vietnam’s biggest arms supplier and its companies are involved in several major energy projects in the country.

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