By Ben Rosario
MOSCOW, Russia – Russia has reassured President Rodrigo Duterte of its commitment to help the Philippines win the war against terrorism and drug trafficking.
“I would like to reiterate our commitment to working together in security sphere, in fighting terrorism or fighting drug trafficking and other matters,” stated Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during bilateral talks with Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.
Cayetano and Lavrov met at Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday to further discuss agreements between the two countries.
Prior to the meeting, Cayetano disclosed that Russian President Vladimir Putin responded positively to Duterte’s request for a soft loan that would be utilized in acquiring state-of-the-art Russian weaponry to help the Philippines address terrorism in the country.
Cayetano said Russia now awaits the shopping list of military arms and provisions necessary to help the Philippines win the war against terrorism.
Lavrov confirmed that preparations for “military and technical cooperation and cooperation between our law enforcement” are being finalized.
“We are talking about the agreements of cooperation in the sphere of defense, memoranda of cooperation in the sphere of nuclear energy, transportation, investment, industry, cultural and artistic affairs — agreements on tourism as well as the agreement on the consultations between our ministries and our countries,” said Lavrov.
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