World Philippines' Duterte tours Russian warship

17:36  21 april  2017
17:36  21 april  2017 Source:   AFP

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte toured one of the two Russian warships docked in Manila on Friday in another gesture of warming ties with Moscow as he shifts his country's The visit by the Russian navy ships is the third to the Philippines and the first under Duterte , who took office in June.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte toured one of the two Russian warships docked in Manila on Friday in another gesture of warming ties with Russia is eyeing naval exercises with the Philippines and deployed the Admiral Tributs and sea tanker Boris Butoma on a five-day goodwill visit to Manila.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tours a visiting Russian warship for the second time in barely four months as he highlighted his growing closeness to Moscow © Provided by AFP Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tours a visiting Russian warship for the second time in barely four months as he highlighted his growing closeness to Moscow

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte toured a visiting Russian warship on Friday for the second time in barely four months as he highlighted his growing closeness to Moscow.

"The Russians are with me, I shall not be afraid," Duterte was quoted as saying during a visit to the Russian guided missile cruiser 'Varyag' which is on a port visit to Manila.

Duterte toured the ship, posing for pictures with Russian sailors and in front of the vessel's huge missile-launchers, on what was the fourth ever port call by a Russian naval ship to the Philippines.

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President Rodrigo Duterte tours Russian anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs with Russian officials and Cabinet secretaries. MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte had only good things to say about Russia as he toured their anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs on Friday, January 6.

Philippines ' Duterte tours Russian warship amid warming ties. By Associated Press. Published: 10:07 GMT, 6 January 2017 | Updated: 10:08 GMT, 6 January 2017. E-mail. MANILA, Philippines (AP)

Since taking office in June, Duterte -- who describes himself as a socialist -- has been distancing himself from the Philippines' traditional ally, the United States and moving closer to its rivals, China and Russia.

In an indication of these closer ties, two Russian ships led by the submarine-hunter Admiral Tributs, made a "goodwill visit" to Manila in January, when Duterte also toured the Russian vessel.

Duterte has said he plans to purchase military equipment from Russia rather than the United States and is due to visit in May to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Earlier, Philippine navy spokesman Captain Lued Lincuna said the visit of the Russians was "a manifestation of good relations with them, to enhance our maritime cooperation," he told reporters.

Captain Leo Miado, one of the Philippine naval officers overseeing the visit, said sailors from the two countries would engage in training, adding "we can view the advanced equipment of the Russian navy in line with our modernisation efforts."

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