Strengthening PH-Russian defense ties on "Right Track" - Russian diplomat

Strengthening PH-Russian defense ties on "Right Track" - Russian diplomat

Amidst the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement between Washington and Manila, many speculations have been sprouting from the different sectors of society.

Former Department of foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario of the Pnoy administration suggested that the termination of the VFA with the Americans would make the country pivot to China.

Russia Ambassador to Manila has different take on the matters besetting the PH-US relations, he says the establishment of defense cooperation between Manila and Moscow is on the right track.

PH President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin
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The statement came after Duterte said that he seeks closer ties with Russia and hailed it for respecting the Philippines sovereignty as a co-equal member in the family of nations.
"We are on the right track," Khovaev told reporters in an interview in Manila. "We attach great importance to this cooperation and we are ready and we are taking necessary measures in order to help your country to increase your defense capability."
Meanwhile, he clarified that this has "nothing to do between the relationship of the Philippines with any other countries".

As a Russian diplomat, Khovaev maintained that he is not in the position to make comments on Manila's domestic political developments and its ties with other nations. 

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