Russia vows stronger ties

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THE Russian government has vowed to strengthen and enhance the military and economic relationships with the incoming Duterte administration.

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“It is time for the Russians to discover the Philippines and vice-versa. It is time for the Filipinos to discover Russia because our countries have a great potential for cooperation in many fields. So, it is time to combine our efforts to work hard and together,” Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Kohvaev said during his visit to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City on Thursday.

“It is time to enhance, to greatly promote bilateral cooperation in different fields,” the Russian envoy added.

Kohvaev also said the Russian government will work with the incoming administration in addressing terrorism-related issues.

“It is time to promote our military cooperation. We have a great potential for cooperation, in the struggle against terrorism and other threats to security and sustainable development,” he said.

The envoy also said Russia is prepared to share intelligence information with the Philippines to enhance cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

“We are open to share our experience. We are open to share our information. We are open for close partnership in this field [counter-terrorism],” he said.

“Our relations are really friendly. I would just like to remind you that we have a very positive legacy of our bilateral cooperation. We have no disputes. We have no political contradictions or differences,” the Russian envoy added.

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