He noted that the United States is currently imposing sanctions on any countries that support military-technical cooperation with Moscow, making a temporary exception for India, Indonesia and Vietnam. But at any time when only they want, in Washington they can decide to cancel the exceptions and then buying weapon Vietnam will also fall under US sanctions. And although Russia still maintains its position in the Vietnamese arms market, by its actions the United States is increasingly pushing Russian technology from this market.
In general, according to a specialist, the trade turnover between the USA and Vietnam is ten times higher than the Russian-Vietnamese one and therefore in Vietnam are forced to listen to what is advised in Washington.
Russia is losing the US in this country in almost all positions, with the exception of cooperation in the energy sector, the oil and gas sector, and so far military-technical cooperation. At the same time, says Kolotov, this is not the merit of Russian firms. Russian companies have never competed for entering the Vietnamese market, but received their positions on it from the Soviet Union, therefore, they lose.