Putin joins Duterte in fight against local terror groups in RP

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for posterity prior to the start of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi on October 3, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Russian President Vladimir Putin assures Philippine president Rodrigo Roa Durerte of his country’s continuous support on the Philippine government’s fight against all forms of terrorism.

Putin told Duterte during a bilateral meeting in Sochi, Russia on Thursday, October 3, that his country is prepared to develop its partnership with the Philippines in countering terrorism and all developments with Filipinos.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the members of his delegation hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi on October 3, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Putin also said that he extols Duterte for being able to lower the level of terrorism in the country since then.

“I remember that during your last visit to Russia in May of 2017, you had to cut it short and return to the Philippines due to terrorist attacks committed by ISIS terrorists. And over the last two years, you have managed to lower the level of terrorist threat in your country and to strengthen the potential of your security bodies,” Putin said.

“We are prepared to develop our partnership when it comes to countering terrorism and share our experience and all the developments,” the Russian President added.

Beside countering terrorism, Putin extended his country’s economic cooperation with the Philippines.

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