Russia, Philippines sign defence cooperation agreement against terrorism

Last Updated: May 26, 2017
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Russia and the Philippines reaffirmed their agreement to fight against terrorism. Moscow and Manila have signed defence and military cooperation agreement, and 10 other important deals.

Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Moscow was extremely useful, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Alan Peter Cayetano, the Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, have met a meeting that leads to the signing of defence cooperation agreement against terrorism.

On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin and Rodrigo Duterte instructed their delegations to sign several important documents after Filipino leader imposed martial law and cut short his Russia visit due to the terrorist onslaught in Marawi.

During this week, Russia and the Philippines signed 11 documents which had been prepared for Duterte’s visit to Moscow. Among these documents were not only memorandums but the defence agreement as well.

Sergey Lavrov said:

“These include a defense cooperation agreement, memorandums on cooperation in nuclear energy, trade, investment, industry, transport, culture, and arts, as well as an action program for cooperation in tourism and a plan of consultations between our foreign ministries.”

The agreement between Russia and Philippines on counter-terrorism

The Philippines and Russian foreign ministers discussed a wide cooperation in terrorism, illegal drug trafficking, cybercrime and piracy. On Tuesday, Duterte and Putin reaffirmed their intentions to fight terrorism. For the Philippines, this issue is very actual, especially after Washington stopped the sale of 27,000 rifles last year, citing alleged human rights violations in Duterte’s country.

“Of course, our country needs modern weapons, we had orders in the United States, but now the situation there is not very smooth and in order to fight the Islamic State, with their units and factions, we need modern weapons,”

said President Duterte.

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