Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Russian destroyer in Philippines after Duterte breaks off from US

A navy warship of Russia's Pacific Fleet docked Tuesday in Manila for an unusual "goodwill" visit to mark the Philippines' rapprochement with Russia and China, and estrangement from the United States.

The Admiral Tributs, a 7,480 ton Udaloy-class anti-submarine destroyer will remain in Filipino waters till Saturday and participate in several joint naval drills, the Filipino navy said in a statement.

The Russian warship's visit - the third ever in history and the first in four years - seeks to promote goodwill and cement ties between Manila and Moscow, and improve maritime cooperation through naval diplomacy, said the statement.

The move has confirmed a shift in the Philippines' defense and foreign policy after the election of Rodrigo Duterte as the president in June 2016, who had promised to do away with the traditional military alliance with the US.


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