Vietnam has said that disputes in the East Vietnam Sea cannot be resolved only by bilateral settlement but also require the effort of all relevant parties and the international community.
The statement was announced by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Le Hai Binh during a regular press meeting in Hanoi on Thursday, in response to the viewpoint of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the issues.
Minister Lavrov expressed his opposition to the internationalization of disputes over the East Vietnam Sea at a conference with Japanese, Chinese, and Mongolian media in Moscow on Tuesday.
All countries involved should avoid violence and continue to seek out a peaceful solution to the disputes via political and diplomatic channels, according to the Russian official.
He also asked external nations to stop interfering with negotiations between relevant parties to the conflict.
The viewpoint was supported by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang, as reported by Xinhua on Wednesday.