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Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

Duterte hopes to boost ties with Russian Federation

Duterte hopes to boost ties with Russian Federation

"They offer a country help but demand in exchange that the country adopts certain laws, for example legalises gay marriages", he said.

Officials from both countries agreed to discuss "mutually acceptable approaches" to South China Sea issues during a bilateral consultation in the Chinese city of Guiyang last Friday, according to a joint statement released by the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs.

"We are ready to supply small arms and light weapons, from airplanes, helicopters, submarines. This, in particular, high-precision ground-based missiles".

Duterte will spend the week in Russian Federation, which he asserts produces better precision weaponry than the U.S. "Russia is better at this than the Americans, I chose to contact her. It's the only way", Duterte said past year as he announced his "separation from America", a statement he later rescinded.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, leaves a plane upon his arrival at government airport Vnukovo II just outside Moscow, Russia, late Monday, May 22, 2017.

"I said, 'Mr Xi Jinping, I would insist that that is ours and I will drill oil there", Duterte recounted.

Duterte's seeking of weapons from Russian Federation comes as he dials down cooperation with the United States, the Philippines' former colonial ruler that has for decades been its most important military ally and protector. Whenever we talk about a buildup it would be useless.

Philippine President added that now the world "can rely on the words Russian Federation and China". The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.

The meeting between President Duterte and President Vladimir Putin is set for Thursday in Kremlin.

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The Philippine leader did not mention it. We are an independent country. In the U.S., I was not. "I have been invited to attend the swearing-in of Trump, but I said "not yet because I have to go to Russia", Duterte said.

Moving away from the U.S., Duterte has sought closer ties to China and Russian Federation.

According to the Philippine leader when he was nominated for the presidency, has staked his honor. "I remember what the Russian diplomat said: 'Come to Russia, we all have here anything you need, '" he said at the time. One agreement seeks to implement a RMB 500-million grant to conduct feasibility studies for major projects, including the construction of a drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation center, and bridges crossing the Pasig River.

"I've been scouting around for (a weapon to finish them off)".

President Rodrigo Duterte has lashed out at the European Union repeatedly for raising human rights concerns over his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs.

President Duterte and President Putin will also witness the signing of various memoranda of understanding between the two countries.

During the Moscow visit, Duterte will give a lecture at a top university and have bilateral meetings with the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, and Putin.

Duterte said that while he has nothing personal against Washington, his country needs a change in its foreign policy to separate it from American interests. He will then interact with students and donate books to the school library.

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