The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte allowed Russian ships to freely enter the territorial waters of the country. On Thursday, March 23, RIA Novosti reported with reference to Bloomberg.
He noted that now the Russian Navy ships will be moored off the coast of the Philippines, after informing the authorities. Duterte added that similar terms will apply for the Chinese Navy.
In early January, the Philippine leader visited the big antisubmarine ship of the Russian Navy “Admiral Tributs”, which entered the port of Manila. “Admiral Tributs” tanker Navy “Boris Butoma” arrived in the capital port for resupply of food, the rest of the team, as well as visiting representatives of the Armed forces of the Philippines with a friendly visit.
Duterte during the inspection expressed the hope that Russia will become an ally and defender for his country. He added that ships from Russia can be moored in the ports of the Philippines “at any time”.