President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Moscow earlier this morning to have his official visit to the country and meet the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Duterte was also invited to witness the signing of several bilateral agreements.
Russian officials Andreay Igorevich, Deputy Director of the State Protocol Department and Anatoly Borovik, Deputy Director of the Third Asian Department were there to give greetings to the Philippine President as he touched down Vnukovo Military Base Airport at 3.25 (8:2 a.m. in Manila).
The main purpose of his visit is to meet the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and then fly to Sochi, which is the easternmost city of Russia, to have a bilateral meeting with Putin.
After that, the two leaders will be witnessing the signing of several bilateral agreements which cover areas of cooperation — culture, health, basic research, among others.
Duterte will attend Russian fora
Duterte will be having the privilege to speak before the prominent Russian think tank forum in Sochi.
This will be a first for a Philippine President, according to Presidential Protocol Chief Robert Borje.
After that, Duterte will fly back in Moscow to give his presence at the Philippines-Russia Business Forum, which promotes to increase trade and investments between the two countries.
Moreover, on October 5, he will be at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations to speak in Russia’s top school for diplomats.
Duterte will also meet the Filipino community in Russia.
Better ties with Russia
Duterte’s group in Russia includes Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Executive Secretary Salvador Medialde, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Agriculture Secretary William Dar, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.
The delegation also has Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
Duterte’s last visit in Russia was still in May 2017. His current visit in two cities of Russia, which seems to be a continuation of his first visit, will take place until October 6.
It was because of the terror attack in Marawi City that made the 2017 visit cut short.
On the other hand, the present event marks Duterte and Putin’s fourth meeting.
To recall, Duterte had once stated that the Russian President is his “favorite hero,” as he tried creating better ties with Russia.