MOSCOW, Russia (DWDD) – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is on an official visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg in the Russian Federation from May 22-26, 2017. His visit is upon the invitation of President Vladimir Putin that was extended when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Lima, Peru last year.
One of the highlights of the Chief Executive’s visit to Russia will be his meeting with President Putin, for whom the Philippine leader has repeatedly expressed his admiration. Several agreements are expected to be signed, one of which is the Agreement on Defense Cooperation, and the pacts on mutual legal assistance, trade and investment, peaceful use of nuclear energy, and culture.
President Duterte is set to bring with him a business delegation that would result in improving economic ties with Russia. He is also scheduled to give a policy speech at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, where he is expected to articulate his government’s commitment to pursue an independent foreign policy.
The President will also meet with the Filipino community in Moscow where 75 percent of the overseas absentee voters chose him during the May 2016 elections.
In St. Petersburg, President Duterte will attend the Philippine-Russia Business Forum that seeks more business opportunities for both countries.
The visit of President Duterte to Russia is said to mark a new chapter in the Philippines-Russia bilateral relations. Likewise, it is expected to send a strong message of the Philippines’ commitment to seek new partnerships and strengthen relations with non-traditional partners that is part of the President’s vow to pursue an independent foreign policy.
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