Russia eyes supplying military hardware to the Philippines
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MANILA, Philippines — Russia's ambassador to the Philippines said Tuesday that Moscow is not discussing a military alliance with Manila, but rather a partnership and friendship that would see Russia supply arms and transfer technology to the long-standing U.S. ally.
Ambassador Igor Khovaev told a media forum that the two countries' economic and trade commission will start work soon to identify specific areas of
Khovaev said Russia is open to all options for bilateral
Since becoming the Philippines' president in June, Rodrigo Duterte has had an uneasy relationship with the U.S. He has declared his intentions to bolster relations with China and Russia — whose leaders he has met recently — as he revamps Philippine foreign policy, which has long leaned on Washington.
Khovaev said Duterte is also expected to pay an official visit to Russia next year.
Russia is "interested in long-term
Aside from supplying arms and weapons, Russia is also open to
"Everything is possible," he said. "What we need is a wish list from our Filipino partners."