Russia donated to the Philippines shiploads of weapons and trucks

Friday October 20, 2017 ()

Three Russian warships, including two anti-submarine vessels, docked in Manila on Friday, October 20,2017, to unload what navy officials said was weaponry and military vehicles donated to the Philippines as part of a new defense relationship.

It was the third port visit this year by Russian warships as part of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s moves to engage closely with Moscow, an arch-rival of Manila’s former colonial master and closest defense ally, the United States.

The load included 5,000 assault rifles, a million rounds of ammunition and 20 army trucks, Russian and Filipino navy officials said.

 Russian naval vessel Admiral Vinogradov
(A guard passes by the Russian naval vessel Admiral Vinogradov during a port visit in Manila, October 20, 2017.)

Eduard Mikhailov, deputy commander of Russia’s Pacific Fleet flotilla said:

“We would do our best to make this port call a significant contribution indicating friendly ties and relations between two nations in the interest of security and stability in this region.”

The visit was timed to coincide with the arrival next week of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who is attending a regional defense meeting, and U.S. counterpart Jim Mattis, a Philippine navy spokesman said.

Russia and the Philippines are expected to sign a security deal on military logistics next week.

Sources:

  • Various online news outlets

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