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Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2017, 05:07:33 PM »
Russia not seeking military alliance with PHL — envoy
Published November 29, 2016 12:54pm
By ERWIN COLCOL, GMA News

Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev on Tuesday assured that his country is ready to be a reliable friend and partner of the Philippines but noted that it is not seeking to establish a military alliance with any country within the Asia-Pacific region.

"We are open for cooperation with all responsible members of the international community, including the Philippines," Khovaev said in a forum in Quezon City on Tuesday.

"[But] we are not talking about alliance.... We are talking about partnership and friendship. Russia has no military alliance in the Asia-Pacific region. We are not going to create any military alliance," he added.

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However, he said Russia does not want to meddle with the issue on the disputed territories in the South China Sea.

"Russia does not take sides in [South] China Sea [issue]. It must be solved in compliance with international law," Khovaev said.

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- See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/590567/news/nation/russia-not-seeking-military-alliance-with-phl-envoy#sthash.9lrE0VTl.dpuf

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Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2017, 01:00:36 AM »
Palace: Agreement Needed for PH-Russian Military Engagements

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Abella said that the Memorandum of Understanding will provide the framework for engagement between Filipino and Russian troops.
 
"[That will include] military to military, visiting students, mutual exchanges, and joint military exercises," Abella said.
 
Philippine and Russian defense officials met in Moscow in April 2016 to discuss possible areas of cooperation, the Department of Foreign Affairs said last May. Among the issues discussed was the planned Philippine-Russia Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation.
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Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2017, 08:38:02 AM »
US downplays Phl defense cooperation with Russia | yahoo! news - 5 January 2017
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WASHINGTON – Any bilateral defense ties between the Philippines and Russia will not affect how the United States views the importance of its bilateral relationship with the Philippines, a long time ally, State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

He said the defense relationship between the United States and the Philippines remains “very, very strong.”

“Our overall mil-to-mil relations remain robust, they remain multifaceted and that’s the way we want to see it continue,” Kirby added.


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PHL, Russia enhance security cooperation
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2017, 05:08:40 PM »
PHL, Russia enhance security cooperation

http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=1&sid=&nid=1&rid=959735

MANILA, Jan. 31 (PNA) -- In line with the government’s thrust to enhance security cooperation with Russia, Philippine Ambassador to the Russian Federation Carlos D. Sorreta met with Lt. Gen. Alexander Avdeyko, Head of the Legal and Treaties Department of the Ministry of the Interior (MoI), in Moscow, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.

The two officials acknowledged the necessity of consolidating efforts in combating the growing threat of transnational crimes, especially drug trafficking, terrorism, and human trafficking, among others.

“The Philippines recognizes the Russian Federation as an important partner in advancing its national security goals, including in its fight against transnational crimes and other public safety and public order issues,” Ambassador Sorreta said.

“For this reason, we are keen on establishing institutional linkages between the Department of Interior and Local Government and other Philippine security agencies and the MoI in order to facilitate cooperation in this sphere,” the Ambassador added.

Lt.Gen. Avdeyko noted that Philippines-Russia relations are on the rise based on the high-level contacts at the head of state and ministerial levels, and the expanding tourism exchanges.

The MoI expressed its desire to contribute to this positive development as it is prepared to become a full-fledged partner in the fight against crime through capacity building activities.

These activities possibly include training and retraining of Philippine personnel in the MoI’s institutes and academies as well as cultural and sports exchanges, among others.

Sorreta affirmed that bilateral cooperation is indeed on the rise and that both Presidents Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Vladimir Putin are determined to strengthen Philippine-Russia relations even more.

The two officials agreed to speed up work on a draft legal framework in time for the visit of President Duterte to Moscow slated in the first half of 2017, as both acknowledged the importance of security cooperation as a pillar of Philippine-Russia relations. (PNA)

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Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2017, 12:32:18 PM »
PH-Russia defense cooperation will be in the form of training: Esperon
Published April 21, 2017, 6:54 PM
By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

http://news.mb.com.ph/2017/04/21/ph-russia-defense-cooperation-will-be-in-the-form-of-training-esperon/

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Friday (April 21) said that the defense cooperation between the Philippines and Russia would be in the form of training.

Esperon, in an interview after the President’s visit to the Russian guarded missile cruiser Varyag, said details about the said cooperation will be finalized during President Duterte’s visit to Moscow next month.

President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Russian warship vessel Varyag at Pier 15 in Manila on Friday, April 21, 2017. (Credits: Jansen Romero | Manila Bulletin)
President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Russian warship vessel Varyag at Pier 15 in Manila on Friday, April 21, 2017. (Credits: Jansen Romero | Manila Bulletin)

“Defense cooperation would come in the form of training. Probably some exchange of information,” he said.

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According to Esperon, Duterte visited the said ship, which is docked in Port Area, Manila, as a sign of good will after the President received an invitation.

“The visit of the president is also a show of good will no more, no less. It’s also our time to extend an invitation for them to come again. Which he did,” he said.

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From: https://www.facebook.com/CNNPhilippines/posts/1914731552100068





From: http://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/04/21/17/watch-russian-navy-officials-do-duterte-pose



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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2017, 01:51:47 PM »
Duterte asks Putin for weapons vs terrorists in PH | Interaksyon - May 24, 2017
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Putin was not in Moscow on Tuesday but decided to return to Kremlin to meet President Duterte before his trip back to Manila.

“As you probably know, I spent this day away from Moscow in one of our regions. And that I have seized the chance to see you in person,” Putin said.

“My colleagues and myself definitely understand quite well that you do have to come back to return to your motherland,” he added.

The Russian leader also expressed his sympathy to those affected by the terrorist attack in Marawi City.

“And let me express hope that the conflict that you have just mentioned will be resolved as soon as possible and with minimal losses and casualties,” Putin said.

He also assured that the full package of bilateral documents will be signed, including the package on defense cooperation.

‘Soft loan for arms’: Duterte meets Putin, says Philippines needs modern weapons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdPONbSsz34
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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2017, 01:40:28 PM »
DND mulls purchase of Russian weaponry
 May 25, 2017

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/990910

MANILA, May 25 — The Philippines is planning to acquire weapons, including advanced diesel-electric submarines from Russia

This was disclosed by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in an interview on PNA Exclusive in Moscow, Russia around 2 p.m. Tuesday (7 p.m., Manila time).

"Yes, we have plans to purchase weapons from them. They have also very sophisticated and advanced weaponry. We will look into them, we have not decided what equipment but off the bat, we are looking, we would like to develop our submarine force so we will look into their submarines one of these days," he added.

Lorenzana was with President Rodrigo Duterte on his official trip to Russia which was cut short by the ongoing clash between government forces and Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur.

"If we can buy submarines or if they are affordable for us, or if the Philippine Navy would be willing to go there because we will give it to the Navy to decide what kind of submarine they would like to purchase. That is one of the plans that the PN (wants) is to develop some submarine capabilities," the DND chief pointed out.

And when asked on where these vessels will be based, Lorenzana said that they are looking into that detail.

"We will look into that. We don’t have any submarine base yet in the Philippines but if we will purchase already then we have to develop a submarine base to keep those submarines safe," Lorenzana pointed out.

Another Russian-made weapon being looked by the Philippines is sniper rifles and precision-guided munitions which can be used for the country's brand-new FA-50 "Fighting Eagle" jet aircraft and AW-109 attack helicopters.

"So one of the things that we are considering is the sniper rifles of the Russians, they have very good sniper rifles. They also have very good precision-guided munition that we can use with our FA-50s, and our attack helicopters. Those are the items. But we have to see more because sometime this year, there will be this defense exhibition that they are going to hold here and we will send some people to look into it," the DND chief added. (Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA)

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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2017, 12:56:38 AM »
PH plans to invite Russian weapon manufacturers to set up shop in Bataan | interaksyon - May 26, 2017
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“That’s one of the plans because we are converting the area of the Government Arsenal in Limay, Bataan, which consists of 300 hectares and we are trying to develop that,” Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told Philippine News Agency in a recent interview.

“There is now a bill in Congress, they have already been deliberating it to convert that it into a defense manufacturing complex that will involve other locators from other countries,” added Lorenzana.

The Government Arsenal is an agency under the DND responsible for the production of basic weaponry and ammunition for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine National Police, among other law enforcement agencies. It is also into the sale and export of products in excess of military and police requirements.

The DND chief said that if Russian manufacturers “can see that they can make a little profit” in Limay, they then could make it a stepping stone to go into Southeast Asia to also cater to the nine other ASEAN nations.”

“That’s why they’re very interested to deal with us through military relationship so that they can have this road into the ASEAN,” added Lorenzana.

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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #24 on: September 12, 2017, 03:22:14 AM »
PHL may source military equipment from Russia —Trade chief | GMA news - September 11, 201
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The Philippines may soon source military equipment from Russia given the improved trading relations between the two countries, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced Monday.

"We will look into how we can have a cooperation in the field of how we can supply 'yung mga military equipment. Russia is recognized to be good suppliers of that," Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez told reporters in Pasay City.

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credit to raider1011 @ PDFF for the source

From: dfa.gov.ph


Left Photo: Defense Undersecretary Raymundo DV Elefante (left) is welcomed by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin to the International Military and Technical Forum or “Army 2017” in Moscow. Right Photo: The Philippine Delegation composed of officials from the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines examining Russian military equipment at Army 2017.  Photo by L. Camoying.
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The Philippine Delegation led by Defense Undersecretary Raymundo DV Elefante (right) holding talks with Rosoboron export officials on the possibility of procuring military equipment from Russia. Photo by J. Valdez.


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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2017, 11:27:35 PM »
From: dfa.gov.ph - 26 September 2017
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PH Army Sends Observer Delegation to the 2017 Russia-Belarus Military Exercise “Zapad-2017”

This was the first time that the Philippine Army observed a military exercise in Russia in 41 years of Philippines-Russia relations.

“The Philippine Army’s participation as observer in Zapad-2017 was an excellent opportunity for to see the Russian Armed Forces’ combat capabilities and military hardware in action. This is just the beginning of what we expect to be a robust army-to-army engagement in the years to come,” Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos D. Sorreta commented.

Zapad is a regular exercise conducted every four years. This year’s edition ran from September 14 to 20 in various testing grounds in Russia’s Western Military District and in Belarus. The overall objective is to enhance combat readiness and interoperability of the Russian and Belarusian Armed Forces.

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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2017, 12:11:36 AM »
Duterte: Russia to donate firearms, military trucks to PH
Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Oct 11 2017 07:32 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/11/17/duterte-russia-to-donate-firearms-military-trucks-to-ph

SAN MIGUEL, Bulacan - Russia is set to give the Philippines brand new firearms to boost the military arsenal, President Rodrigo Duterte bared Wednesday in yet another indication of warming ties between Manila and Moscow.

Duterte said the Russian government had wanted to keep the donation under wraps, but he announced it nonetheless saying the public would eventually know about it.

“We expect the arms to come in. It’s useless in keeping it a secret. If they dock the ships there, magtatanong talaga iyan kung ano ang dinidiskarga,” Duterte said in a speech during the groundbreaking of a military housing site here.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Russian donation, set to arrive on Oct. 22, is composed of 5,000 Kalashnikov rifles with about a million rounds of ammunition, and 20 military trucks.

“Hindi pa natin alam ang worth pero substantial na bigay iyan. Grant iyan, at no cost. Gusto tumulong ng Russia to fight terrorism kasi sila din is also fighting terrorism sa bansa nila,” Lorenzana told reporters.

Lorenzana said Moscow would hand over the donation without conditions.

The defense chief added that while the Philippines and Russia have yet to enter a defense cooperation agreement, Moscow is willing to accept small military contingents from Manila to observe Russian military exercises.

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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #27 on: October 24, 2017, 11:34:33 PM »
Russia hands over 5,000 assault rifles, trucks, helmets to Duterte | Inquirer.net - October 25, 2017
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President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday received thousands of assault rifles, 20 military trucks, bullets and helmets donated by the Russian government to the Philippines, which would be used in the country’s fight against terrorism.

Duterte, together with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, toured the Russian anti-submarine ship Pantaleev docked at the port of Manila. The President witnessed the signing of certificate of turnover of military equipment to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Military equipment donated by Russia included 5,000 AK-74M Kalashnikov assault rifles, one-million rounds of ammunition, 20 army trucks, and 5,000 steel helmets.


President Rodrigo Duterte (center) inspects one of the 5,000 AK-74 assault rifles donated by Russia to the Philippine military. Duterte formally received the military donation that included one-million bullets, 20 military trucks and 5,000 helmets in Manila on Oct. 25, 2017. Nestor Corrales
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Russian AK-74M assault rifles are arranged on a table prior to the formal turnover to President Rodrigo Duterte of the Russian military donation on Wednesday morning, Oct. 25, 2017. Inquirer.net / Nestor Corrales
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Multipurpose trucks donated by Russia to the Philippines are parked on the dock prior to the turnover to President Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday morning, Oct. 25, 2017. Nestor Corrales

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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #28 on: October 24, 2017, 11:38:55 PM »
Russia and Philippines sign contract for delivery of grenade launchers | TASS - October 24, 12:25
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Clark /Philippines/, October 24. /TASS/. Moscow and Manila have signed a contract for the delivery of the Russian-made RPG-7B grenade launchers and ammunition to the Philippines.


RPG-7 grenade launcher © Yuri Smityuk/TASS

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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #29 on: October 26, 2017, 03:44:21 AM »
News articles are reporting AK-74s, but those look like AKMs from the angled muzzle brakes, lack of lightening cuts on the stock, and the curve on the magazines.

If I were to guess these will likely be transferred to the PNP like the Norinco CQs that China donated.