22 May 2017

News Story: Duterte's Russia trip to mark new chapter in Manila-Moscow ties

By Alexis Romero

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will leave for Russia on Monday for a four-day ‘landmark’ visit that is in line with a decision to pursue what the government calls an independent foreign policy.

Agreements on security, legal assistance and trade are expected to be signed during the May 23 to 26 visit, which, officials said, would mark a new chapter in the ties between Manila and Moscow.

These agreements include defense cooperation, military and technical cooperation, a treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, a treaty on extradition, and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of security between the two countries’ national security councils.

Duterte will also meet with Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and President Vladimir Putin on May 24 and 25 to discuss key issues and ways to strengthen political, military and economic cooperation.

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