Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev told “The Chiefs” on September 3 over Cignal TV’s One News channel that he is hoping that their proposal of joint production facility for Kalashnikov rifles with Philippines is still under consideration by the Philippine government.
“Last year – we proposed organizing a joint production facility here, to jointly produce Russian assault rifles,” Khovaev said as quoted by The Philippine Star.
“Russia has experience of supplying arms and military weapons to Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, so it’s time to be open-minded,” the Russian envoy noted.
He added that it is “time to diversify. Diversify cooperation with no damage to your traditionally close relationship with the some other allies.”
He said that Russia’s offer has no hidden agenda or political attachments.