Russia, Philippines further expanding ties

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

The meeting of Medvedev and Jae-in took place at the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which coincides with the deployment of three U.S. aircraft carriers to participate in joint maneuvers with South Korean naval formations.

Duterte began his remarks by thanking Russian Federation for the 5,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles it gave to the Philippine military.

President Rodrigo Duterte has promised Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that two Russian nationals charged of drug smuggling in the country will get a "fair trial".

Trade was also brought up in their discussion.

"Most probably, this is a method of exerting pressure on our country and certain European Union nations for the goal of either push us to abandon construction of the second life of the Nord Stream or to complicate this work in any way", Medvedev said.

A business-to-business agreement between Filipino company Global Ferronickels Holdings, Inc. and Russian company V Holding LLC was also signed in the presence of Duterte and Medvedev.

"We were able to use the rifles and the arms that you gave us on time", he added, noting that it was a Russian sniper model which neutralized one of the top three commanders of the Daesh-inspired terrorists.

According to Medvedev, the relationship between the Philippines and Russian Federation must have reached another level for them to happily meet each other late in the evening after meeting with other world leaders.

"Definitely, we are ready to expand our political, economic, cultural ties, as well as our cooperation in fighting terrorism through arms supply".

Saying his country can never accept North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, Prime Minister Medvedev said Russia supported South Korea's position on peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, which is directly linked to the security of Russia, Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said in a press release. We'll be of assistance in the fight against terrorism and bringing or restoring law and order.

"It's [their cases] still under investigation", he added. "Let us see how European nations will behave in this case, including those proactively interested in implementation of this project, and what the European Commission will ultimately tend to", Medvedev said.

Kirdyushkin was arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) October past year after the Bureau of Customs (BOC) discovered around 7.4 kilos of suspected powdered cocaine and 2.5 kilos of liquid cocaine inside his luggage at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

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