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25 May 201713:35

Foreign Minsiter Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano, Moscow, May 25, 2017

1022-25-05-2017

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Mr Minister,

We have met upon the instruciton of our presidents. Two days ago, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte had a meeting in the Kremlin. Unfortunately, President Duterte had to cut short his visit to Russia due to the terrorist attacks in the south of the Philippines. I would like to reaffirm our solidarity with the Philippine leaders and people and to yet again express our condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

As our presidents agreed, the documents which have been prepared for signing at their summit meeting must be signed. We can state with satisfactin today that the members of the Russian and Philippine governments have signed nine important documents. These include a defence cooperation agreement, memorandums on cooperation in nuclear energy, trade, investment, industry, transport, culture and arts, as well as an action programme for cooperation in tourism and a plan of consultations between our foreign ministries, which you and I have signed. A number of vital documents are in the final stages of preparation, including on military technical cooperation and on interaction between our law enforcement agencies. We can say confidently that President Duterte’s visit to Russia has provided a powerful boost to the further development of our relations.

I would like to once again thank you and your colleagues for your aassistance in this work.

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I can assure you that President Rodrigo Duterte will always be welcome in Russia. I reaffirm our firm commitment to our agreements on building up cooperation in combatting terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime. 

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