Putin assures Duterte of help vs terrorism

October 04, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte and Vladimir Putin
ussian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Philippine's President Rodrigo Duterte prior to their meeting at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi on October 3, 2019. / AFP / Sputnik / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin assured President Rodrigo Duterte that Russia will back the Philippines’ counter-terrorism efforts and initiatives.

In a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a Russian think thank forum there on Thursday, Putin commended Duterte for combating the threat of terrorism in the Philippines and “strengthening the potential of your security bodies.”

“We are prepared to develop our partnership when it comes to countering terrorism and share our experience and all the developments,” Putin told Duterte.

Duterte likewise underscored the importance of sustaining consultative talks to bolster the ties between the two nations.

“It is imperative to sustain these consultative dialogues and enhance our mechanism to further strengthen the foundation of our growing relationships,” he said.

“I am therefore happy with this opportunity to continue our dialogue with the view of identifying vital areas of cooperation where we should concentrate our efforts in the coming years,” he added.

This is the fourth meeting between the two leaders and the second on Russian soil.

Duterte first visited Russia in May 2017, which was cut short due to a terror attack in Marawi City.