Russia to boost efforts to help PHL strengthen national defense

President Rodrigo Duterte met with Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev on January 31. “The Russian Ambassador reiterated their condolences for the deaths caused by the twin explosions in Jolo and condemned the incident while reaffirming their country’s commitment to help our nation combat terrorism,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

“Russian Ambassador Khovaev likewise renewed Russia‚Äôs commitment to strengthen their cooperation to help our national defense and significantly improve its capabilities,” Panelo said.

He added that the Russian envoy expressed that Russia intends to build a long-term relationship with the Philippines based on trust and confidence.

Meanwhile, Duterte reaffirmed the importance placed by the Philippines on its relations with Russia and renewed the commitment to further expand and deepen our country’s cooperative ties with them.

Duterte also thanked Russian Ambassador for the expression of sympathy for the lives lost in Jolo and underscored that the Philippines values its relations with countries that share the commitment to combat terrorism and violent extremism.