Philippines' Duterte leaves for 4-day visit to Russia

Posted May 24, 2017

Duterte lamented that, while the Philippines and Russian Federation have had diplomatic relations for the past 40 years, co-operation has remained minimal and must be increased for the mutual benefit of the two countries. "My interpretation of the meeting is that there was no bullying or pushing around". He has declined to forcefully demand that Beijing comply with an global arbitration ruling a year ago that invalidated most of China's territorial claims in the South China Sea on historical grounds. Duterte has sought to put the ruling aside in his dealings with China, which has ignored the ruling.

These include former French president Nikolas Sarkozy in 2015, former president of India Manmohan Singh in 2013, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, Lee Kuan Yew in 2005, and the Philippines' former President Fidel V. Ramos in 1997.

He has scaled down the number and scope of annual military exercises with the USA, barred Filipino forces from joint patrols in the disputed South China Sea, and called for the withdrawal of American troops from the Philippines.

A Philippine soldier sits on an Armoured Personnel Carrier while residents fleeing from Marawi city drive past on a highway going to Marawi in Balo-i town on the southern island of Mindanao
Philippines' Duterte leaves for 4-day visit to Russia

However, experts say that large-scale production remains many years away - and if not done properly could flood the atmosphere with climate-changing greenhouse gases.

"The whole of Marawi city is blacked out, there is no light, and there are Maute snipers all around", Lorenzana said in the news conference in Moscow, which was broadcast live in the Philippines.

Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. We will go to war. Meanwhile, Duterte has scaled down joint military exercises with the US.

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When asked to confirm Xi's comments at a press briefing on Monday, China foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying referred reporters to Cayetano's earlier remarks.

"We consider this visit as a landmark that will send a strong message of the Philippines' commitment to seek new partnerships and strengthen relations with nontraditional partners such as Russian Federation", she said. "Pending final settlement, we advocate shelving the dispute for common development". The transcript - produced by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and later authenticated by top officials in the agency - begins with pleasantries, then Trump launches into his praise of Duterte. "Hindi ako tumatanggap [I don't accept]", Duterte responded.

"In my discussions with President Putin during the APEC, we agreed to boost our bilateral relations", he said, adding that there is much room to develop the mutual cooperation of Philippines and Russian Federation and many opportunities that need to be explored.

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"I'd like to express condolences over the death of people in your country as a result of a terrorist attack", Putin said. "You have to be very careful".

China has said it was merely passing through the area and assured the Philippines that it would "fully respect and recognize the sovereign rights of the Philippines". Whenever we talk about a buildup it would be useless.

Unlike in the South China Sea, Beijing has not contested Manila's claim to Benham Rise.

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