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Russia backs PH drug war, vows to help boost its anti-terrorism capabilities
By: Julliane‎ Love de Jesus - / 06:43 PM August 08, 2017
Alan Peter Cayetano and Sergey Lavrov - Asean - 7 August 2017
Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano (left) meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (Photo by CLARK GALANG / Department of Foreign Affairs)

Russia has offered to assist the Philippines in boosting the anti-terrorism capabilities of its security forces and support the Duterte administration’s intensive drive against illegal drugs, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Tuesday.

Cayetano made this disclosure after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center on Monday.

“Minister Lavrov and I both agreed to fast track negotiations for pending bilateral agreements, particularly on military-technical cooperation, illegal narcotics, and law enforcement,” Cayetano said in a statement.

Cayetano thanked the Russian Federation for offering to help bolster the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in dealing with the threat posed by Islamic State-affiliate terrorist groups operating in Mindanao.

Russia’s offer, according to Cayetano, is of vital importance to country, “especially given its great expertise, vast experience and modern equipment in dealing with terrorism and other security concerns.”

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The two foreign ministers also discussed trade and investment, education and research, and other areas of cooperation that the Philippines and Russia could explore.

Cayetano also stressed in the meeting that the Philippines would continue pursuing what he described as the “irreversible momentum” in Philippine-Russia relations as the Duterte administration would continue to implement independent foreign policy. /atm

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