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Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 16:27

Russia eyes supplying military hardware to the Philippines

By Associated Press
Russia eyes supplying military hardware to the Philippines
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with his Philippines' counterpart Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) in Lima on Nov 19, 2016. ( Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — Russia's ambassador says his country is not discussing a military alliance but partnership and friendship with the Philippines, with Moscow interested in supplying arms, weapons and transferring technology to the United States' long-standing ally.

Ambassador Igor Khovaev said Tuesday that the two countries' economic and trade commission will start work soon to identify specific areas of cooperation.

He said Russia is open to all options, including long-term supply of military hardware "without political conditionality" like adherence to human rights. He was apparently alluding to the US Congress' conditions for military assistance.

Since becoming the Philippines' president in June, Rodrigo Duterte has had an uneasy relationship with the US. He's declared intentions to bolster relations with China and Russia as he revamps Philippine foreign policy that has long leaned on Washington.

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