Putin: Moscow and Manila there are many promising areas of cooperation

MOSCOW, may 24. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte in connection with the death of people due to a terrorist attack. The Russian President hopes that the terrorists will be defeated.

“I want to Express my condolences in connection with death of people in your country that occurred as a result of a terrorist attack. I and my colleagues with the full understanding that you are forced to urgently return to the Motherland”, – said the Russian leader, starting a conversation with Duterte. “I want to Express the hope that the conflict will be resolved as quickly as possible with minimal losses”, – said Putin.

Bilateral relations

The Russian head of state referred to his previous meetings with Duterte and celebrated in 2016 the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries. “Of course, we don’t have a very large level of turnover, but at the beginning of this year he began to recover, increased by 25%,” – stated the Russian leader. In his opinion, Moscow and Manila, “a lot of interesting and promising directions (for cooperation), including power engineering, transport infrastructure.”

“It is of course possible cooperation in the field of military-technical cooperation,” Putin said. He said he also changed my work schedule for today’s meeting with Philippine counterpart. “Today I worked outside of Moscow, in one of the regions of the Russian Federation (in Krasnodar – approx. TASS), but, of course, could not take advantage of your arrival in order for you personally not to see you and thank you for accepting our invitation and coming to Russia”, – said the head of the Russian state. “I hope we will use these few minutes before you leave to personally discuss our bilateral relations and the situation in the region,” he added.

Putin said that despite the shortening of the visit to Russia of President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, two of the country on Wednesday will sign the documents. “We know that our employees and colleagues did a good job and prepared a package of documents, your Ministers here remain and tomorrow this package of documents aimed at the development of our bilateral ties will be signed,” – said the head of the Russian state, starting in the Kremlin meeting with Duterte.

Russia is a reliable partner

Conversation Putin and Duterte began in the Kremlin shortly before midnight Moscow time on Tuesday. Putin came to the Kremlin right from the airport, returning from a business trip to Krasnodar. Contrary to the rules of the Protocol in which the conversation begins receiving foreign guests of the President, first a word took Duterte. He spoke English and apologized to his Russian counterpart that forced to reduce the time of stay in Moscow and return home because of the clashes of the army with ISIL (the former name of the terrorist group “Islamic state”, which is banned in Russia).

“Division ISIL took a province (Mindanao), and there remains now are fighting, clashes”, – with these words Duterte began talks with Putin. He noted that the Philippines “killed people” and declared that counts on support of Russia in providing his country with modern weapons to combat terrorism.”Of course, your country is a reliable partner for us”, – assured Duterte of the President of the Russian Federation. “I came (to Moscow), to seek your support and to confirm our friendship”, – said the President of the Philippines.

He noted that Manila is ready to develop relations with Moscow. “Of course, our country needs modern weapons, we had orders in the United States, but now the situation there is not very smooth and in order to fight ISIS, with their divisions and factions, we need modern weapons,” – addressed Duterte to Putin. “I Express great appreciation for the invitation to visit the Russian Federation on a visit, of course, we believe Russia is a close friend of ours” – he admitted.

In the presence of the press, Putin and Duterte spoke about ten minutes, then the conversation continued behind closed from journalists doors.