Vladimir Putin and Rodrigo Duterte
The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte at the meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin said that his country needs modern weapons and would request the help of Russia. His words leads RIA Novosti.
“Our country needs modern weapons. We had some orders in the US, but now the situation is not very smooth,” said he. According to him, the weapons were necessary to fight terrorists. “Your country is a reliable partner for us,” said Duterte.
According to him, the two countries should develop trade relations. “I came to enlist your support and offer our friendship. We need to develop trade, trade turnover,” — said Duterte.
Putin noted that Russia and the Philippines many interesting projects, including the possible cooperation in military-technical sphere.
The Russian President also expressed his condolences in connection with death of people in the attack on the Philippines and expressed hope that the conflict will be resolved with minimal losses.
The package of documents prepared for the visit of Duterte in Russia, will be signed on Wednesday, may 24, Putin said.
May 22 Duterte ordered to impose martial law in the province of Maguindanao, where soldiers of the country are fighting with the terrorists. At the meeting with Putin he said he must return home. “Still fighting, clashes. I, unfortunately, have to fly there and be there. There are people dying, killing people,” he said.
The meeting between the two leaders, originally scheduled for may 25, was rescheduled to 23.