The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte said that the Russian Navy ships can freely enter the territorial waters of the country, reports Bloomberg.
During a briefing in Manila on Thursday Duterte also said that Russian ships are allowed to moor off the coast of the Philippines, in advance notifying the authorities about their plans.
According to the Agency, similar conditions apply in relation to ships of the Chinese Navy.
In January Duterte visited a large anti-submarine ship of the Russian Navy “Admiral Tributs”, who came on a visit of friendship to the port of Manila. During the inspection, he expressed the hope that Russia will become an ally and defender of his country. Earlier also it was reported that Moscow and Manila reach agreement on the observation of military exercises each other.