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  • Philippines cancels purchase of Russian helicopters because of US sanctions

    The Philippines decided to buy 16 UH-60 Black Hawk multipurpose helicopters from the American Sikorsky Aircraft Corp for $240 million and refused cheaper Russian helicopters due to the US sanctions imposed on Russian military exports, Reuters reported, referring to the statement by the head of the Ministry of Defense of the Philippines, Delfin Lorenzana.

    The minister said that the contract for the purchase of 16 American Black Hawk helicopters will be signed early next year, despite the fact …

  • Russia and Philippines signed agreement for weapons supply

    Russia and the Philippines signed a contract for the supply of RPG-7V grenade launchers and ammunition, TASS reports.

    The document was endorsed by the General Director of Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheev and the Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines, Delfin Lorenzana. The contract was signed in the presence of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, although the details of the agreement have not been disclosed yet.

    Shoygu and Lorenzana also signed an agreement on military- …

  • President of Philippines asks Putin for weapons

    President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country needs modern weapons and will ask for help from the Russian Federation, RIA Novosti reported.

    Duterte also said that he had come to Moscow to enlist the support of Russia.

    “Our country needs modern weapons. We had ordered certain things from the U.S., but now the situation is not going very smoothly. And in order to fight the Islamic State, with their many units and factions, …

  • Duterte allows Russian ships to enter Philippine waters

    President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte said that the ships of the Russian Navy are welcome to freely enter the waters controlled by Manila, RIA Novosti reported.

    Duterte also announced that Russian ships are allowed to moor off the coast of the Philippines as long as they notify the authorities about their plans in advance. Similar terms now apply to Chinese Navy vessels as well.

    In January, Duterte visited the Russian Navy’s large anti-submarine ship, the Admiral Tributs, which was …

  • Duterte hopes Russia will become an ally of the Philippines

    Russian ships can be moored in the ports of the Philippines at any time, as stated by the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, during his visit to Russia’s Admiral Tributs’ ship and the Boris Butoma tanker in the port of Manila, according to Reuters.

    "We welcome our Russian friends. You can moor here at any time and for any purpose, to resupply or to protect us as our ally," Duterte said.

    It was reported that Duterte made this statement after Russian Ambassador, Igor Khovaev’s, …

  • Russia is ready to supply the Philippines with advanced weapons

    Russia is ready to supply the Philippines with advanced weaponry, including submarines and aircraft, as stated by the Russian Ambassador in Manilla, Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev, Reuters reported.

    Speaking during the visit of two Russian naval vessels to Manila, Khovaev stated that Russia hopes to become a “close friend” to the Philippines, a traditional U.S. ally.

    "It's not a choice between these partners and those ones. Diversification means preserving and keeping old traditional partners and …

  • Philippine President Duterte hopes to open alliances with Russia and China

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will visit Russia and China this year to create “open alliances” with the two countries in pursuit of an independent foreign policy, Reuters reported.

    "I am ready to not really break ties [with the US] but we will open alliances with China and... Medvedev, he is awaiting there for my visit," Duterte said.

    The President of the Philippines added that he would like to open up the "other side of the ideological barrier".

    Duterte also noted that the …