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Russian PM assures

Duterte: We are by the side


of PH
By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
INQUIRER.net / 09:00 AM November 14, 2017

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) shakes hands with Philippine President
Rodrigo Duterte before the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Manila on Nov. 13, 2017. AFP

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has assured President Rodrigo Duterte of
Moscows support in the Philippines fight against terrorism.

Duterte and Medvedev held a bilateral meeting late Monday night at the Coconut
Palace in Pasay City.
We are ready to expand our ties in all the areas and dimensions including politics and
trade economic cooperation, cultural ties, as well as cooperation and interaction on
quite sensitive things and spheres such as fight against terrorism and mutual technical
cooperation and arms supplies, Medvedev told Duterte Monday night.
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Duterte thanked Medvedev for Russias support during the five-month Marawi City
siege.

We are gratified by your presence so that also we can express our desire to thank you
personally and the Russian people and government for helping us on a crucial moment
during the war in Marawi, Duterte told Medvedev.

We were able to use the rifles and the arms that you gave us on time, he added.
During his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (Apec) in Vietnam, Duterte thanked Russia for helping turn the
tide in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS)-inspired terrorists in Marawi City.

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The Russian government donated thousands of assault rifles, 20 military trucks, bullets
and helmets to the Philippines, which would be used in the countrys fight against
terrorism.

Medvedev responded: No doubt we will keep standing by your side, well keep
assisting you in this very important and sensitive theme and along this track of fight
against terrorism in the course like bringing or restoring law and order.

He acknowledged the improving relations between the Philippines and Russia during
his bilateral meeting with Duterte.

Definitely I believe that we have opened with this a new chapter in our relationship,
he said.
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The fact that we are meeting with you late quite late at night, points to a new level of
our partnership, of our relations, the Russian prime minister added. /cbb

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