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A high point in PH-Russia ties

President Duterte’s visit to Moscow, Russia, was unexpectedly cut short because he had to rush back to the Philippines after his proclamation of martial law in Mindanao last Tuesday. President Vladimir Putin cut short his own visit to a city a thousand miles away from Moscow so they could meet, even only briefly, at the Kremlin Grand Palace.

Russia has reassured President Duterte that it is committed to help the Philippines win the war against terrorism and drug trafficking which the Chief Executive said could come via soft loan for the acquisition of Russian-made precision arms and military technology and through intelligence exchange.

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The Philippines and Russia signed 10 agreements on Wednesday, including arrangements for defense cooperation and use of nuclear technology for power generation, the day after President Duterte decided to cut short his four-day official visit here.

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Duterte discusses arms deal with Putin

President Duterte reiterated the Philippines offer of friendship and optimism for a robust partnership in trade and commerce with Russia during a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin Tuesday night.

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Duterte, Medvedev meet today

President Duterte and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will hold bilateral talks on Wednesday at the Moscow’s White House.

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No US trip for Rody

Confirming that he is too busy for a United States visit, President Duterte, on a four-day official visit here, has aired apprehensions that can be a target of CIA -sponsored assassination.

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