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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2017, 05:00:24 PM »
Duterte arrives in Vietnam for APEC, third meeting with Putin
Published November 8, 2017 8:27pm
By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/632426/duterte-arrives-in-vietnam-for-apec-third-meeting-with-putin/story/

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday arrived in Vietnam to participate in the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

Duterte is also scheduled to have bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

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This will be the first time that Duterte will meet Trump in person.

According to Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Manuel Teehankee, Duterte also has a proposed bilateral meeting with Xi.

Duterte's meeting with Putin will be the third between them. The first ones were in Peru and in Russia.

“I anticipate a highly productive meeting, and I look forward to exchanging ideas with my fellow leaders and old friends on how we can strengthen relationships to sustain the economic vigor of the Asia Pacific region,” Duterte said in his pre-departure statement.

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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #31 on: November 17, 2017, 05:27:06 PM »
Duterte ready to expand trade with Russia
By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 15, 2017 - 12:00am

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/11/15/1759058/duterte-ready-expand-trade-russia

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has expressed the Philippines’ willingness to expand relations with Russia, particularly trade, during his bilateral meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

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During his talks with Medvedev, Duterte said the Philippine government intends to set up a place in Moscow where Filipinos can showcase their products.
“We have started an improvement of our friendship and the plan (is to) increase our trade, expand it and I know that your country is seriously considering all of these things and we are happy that we can find a new market in the Euro, Eurasian front,” Duterte said in his opening remarks during the bilateral meeting.

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Cooperation vs terrorism

Medvedev also said Russia is willing to boost cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism, and to supply more weapons to the Philippines in order to maintain peace and order.

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Last month, Russia donated 5,000 units of AK-74M Kalashnikov assault rifles and one million units 1943-type cartridges with steel core bullets to the Philippines.

“We were able to use the rifles and the arms that you gave us on time,” Duterte said.

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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #32 on: July 23, 2018, 09:20:42 AM »
Russia-PHL arms deal to proceed, says DND spokesman
Published July 19, 2018 5:35pm
By MARLLY ROME BONDOC, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/661079/russia-phl-arms-deal-to-proceed-says-dnd-spokesman/story/

The Department of National Defense on Thursday said the purchase of arms from a supposedly blacklisted Russian firm would proceed as planned amid possible risks of breaching sanctions imposed by the United States.

DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong said that they have "not seen or received a copy or notice" of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) which was signed into law in 2017.

"In keeping with the President's guidance and his independent foreign policy, we are not limiting our sources to only a few countries in order to allow us to acquire the best technology allowed by our budget," Andolong said in a text message to GMA News Online.

"Notwithstanding the potential issues that may arise from CAATSA, our Modernization Program remains on track," he added.

An earlier Reuters report said that Manila had agreed in October last year to a P400 million ($7.48 million)  worth of 750 RPG-7B rocket propelled grenade launchers from Russia's state-owned Rosoboronexport, but the transfer has yet to be completed.

However, US President Donald Trump, who sought better ties with Moscow, reluctantly signed in August last year the law that imposes sanctions against any country trading with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.

The law is designed to punish Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014, support for Syria's government, and alleged meddling in the US presidential election in 2016.

Asked on whether this would affect the arms deal of Philippines with Russia, Andolong said: "Wala, kasi the transaction is between the Philippine government and the Russian government."

"Hypothetical, they can call our attention, they can impose sanctions, kasi we have a standing agreement with them. So these are possible implications but ayaw pa namin mag-speculate kasi hindi pa nag-uusap ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas tsaka ng US tungkol dito sa CAATSA," Andolong said in a phone interview.

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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #33 on: August 25, 2018, 01:26:46 PM »
From: https://www.facebook.com/tvpatrol.abscbn/videos/2173076496295924/

EXCLUSIVE: Nasa Russia si Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana para tumingin ng mga sasakyang pangmilitar na puwedeng bilhin ng gobyerno. Pero nagbabala agad ang isang U.S. defense official na hindi makakatulong ang pagbili ng Pilipinas sa Russia sa alyansa ng Pilipinas at Estados Unidos.


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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #34 on: September 07, 2018, 12:53:50 PM »
Administrator's note: Eventually, this will be merged with the BRP Tarlac's own thread. But for now . . .

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PN readies BRP Tarlac for first port call to Russia
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 6, 2018, 1:04 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1047136

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) is currently preparing BRP Tarlac (LD-601), one of the two strategic sealift vessels in its fleet, for its first ever port visit to Vladivostok, Russia.

The ship is set to leave on Sept. 17, PN spokesperson Commodore Jonathan Zata told the Philippine News Agency Thursday.

Preparations for the ship's port visit to Russia include stocking of provisions like fuel, oil, lubricants and sundries needed for the voyage.

BRP Tarlac will sail alone and Zata said the voyage from the Philippines to Vladivostok, Russia will take "eight to 10 days."

He added that BRP Tarlac's port visit will last five days.

The scheduled PN port call is in reciprocation of the visit of Russian warships in Manila last June and those of last year, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said.

The Tarlac-class SSVs are the largest PN ships in service as of this posting.

These vessels have an overall length of 120 meters, breadth of 21 meters, and draft of five meters and can carry a payload of 2,800 tons.

Both have a cruising speed of 13 knots and maximum speed of 16 knots and a minimum operating range of 7,500 nautical miles.

The SSVs can carry 500 troops, two rigid-hull inflatable boats, two landing craft units and three helicopters. (PNA)

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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #35 on: December 14, 2018, 02:15:52 PM »
PH fishery products can now enter Russia
December 11, 2018, 6:57 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1056392

MOSCOW – Philippine fishery products can now enter the Russian market after the conclusion of talks between agriculture officials from the Philippines and Russia on December 5, 2018 in Moscow.

Agriculture Undersecretary Waldo R. Carpio said that three Philippine fisheries exporters have been granted accreditation to export fisheries products to Russia. The announcement was made following the first-ever Philippines-Russia Joint Working Group Meeting on Agricultural Cooperation held in Moscow on December 5.

The Joint Working Group meeting is a direct result of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and his counterpart, then Minister of Agriculture Aleksandr Tkachov, during the landmark visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to Moscow in May 2017.

“We give credit to the President’s policy of engaging Russia and other non-traditional partners for opening access to a very important market for our fisheries exports,” said Undersecretary Carpio. “We look forward to continuing and expanding this symbiotic relationship between the Philippines and Russia,” he added.

Bigfish Foods (canned fish), Century Pacific Food (canned fish), and RDEX Food International (fresh/frozen/chilled fish) have been cleared to export their products to the Russian market after undergoing stringent inspections by the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.

The same companies may now also export to Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan under the Eurasian Economic Union single market.

Undersecretary Carpio led a delegation composed of Dr. Maria Araceli Escandor and Kristine Yap of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Dr. Imelda Santos of the Bureau of Animal Industry, Dr. Dennis Tiotangco of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and Dr. Paulo Silarde of the National Meat Inspection Service.

They were joined by Second Secretary and Consul Jeffrey Valdez, Third Secretary and Vice Consul Catherine Alpay, and Cultural Officer Vida Cara of the Philippine Embassy in Moscow, Commercial Counsellor Kristine Umali, and Agricultural Attaché Jose Laquian.

While in Russia, Undersecretary Carpio and his delegation will also have meetings in Moscow and St. Petersburg with several potential importers of Philippine fishery products.

From Russia, the DA team will proceed to Minsk in Belarus to meet with their counterparts to discuss technical cooperation and also meet with potential importers. (DFA PR)

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Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
« Reply #36 on: February 01, 2019, 02:58:28 PM »
Russia renews vow to boost defense cooperation with PH
RUTH ABBEY GITA
February 1, 2019

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1785575/Manila/Local-News/Russia-renews-vow-to-boost-defense-cooperation-with-Philippines

RUSSIA, one of the powerful nations deemed as the Philippines's "friend" by President Rodrigo Duterte, has renewed its commitment to bolster its defense cooperation with Manila, following the twin explosions that rocked Jolo, Sulu.

Moscow made the reaffirmation during Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev's courtesy call on Duterte at Malacañan Palace on Thursday, January 31, according to a statement by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

"The Russian Ambassador reiterated their condolences for the deaths caused by the twin explosions in Jolo and condemned the incident while reaffirming their country's commitment to help our nation combat terrorism," the Palace official said in a statement issued on Thursday night.

"Russian Ambassador Khovaev likewise renewed Russia’s commitment to strengthen their cooperation to help our national defense and significantly improve its capabilities," he added.

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