“Mr President, we are ready to continue to develop our partnership and to share our experience and achievements in the field of counter-terrorism,” Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Rodrigo Duterte at their meeting on the sidelines of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi on October 3.
The Russian leader recalled how President Duterte needed to head back home to Philippines and cut short his visit to Russia in 2017 due to the Marawi siege.
“I recall how you had to fly back home during your previous visit to Russia in May 2017 because of the terrorist attacks staged by ISIS,” Putin said.
“I know that over the past two years you have managed to bring down the terrorist threat to a very low level and to greatly strengthen the capability of your security agencies,” he added.
President Duterte highlighted the strengthened ties between Philippines and Russia since his visit to Russia in 2017.
“In 2018, BRP Tarlac made a port-call at Vladivostok, first-ever of the Philippine Navy. This was an issue of high political importance, given that a few years back this would have been unthinkable,” President Duterte said.
“We have established a high-level consultative mechanism between our foreign ministries, national security councils and economic agencies. Since 2017, our national security councils have met regularly to take stock of our engagement in defence, security and law enforcement matters and to exchange views on various issues affecting our countries,” he added.