The President of the Philippines arrived in Moscow

© AP Photo / Aaron FavilaПрезидент of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte. Archival photoThe President of the Philippines arrived in Moscow© AP Photo / Aaron Favila

The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte arrived Monday in Moscow for an official visit, the President’s plane landed in Moscow airport Vnukovo-2, met Deputy foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and representatives of both countries, reports the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

Duterte will stay in Russia from 22 to 26 may. As reported in the Philippine foreign Ministry, the purpose of his visit to Russia will strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.

Meet the Philippine leader with Russian President Vladimir Putin will be held on may 25, the press service of the Kremlin. «It is planned to discuss the state and prospects of development of bilateral cooperation in political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres», — said the press service. Following the visit is expected to adopt a joint statement and sign several bilateral documents.

The Kremlin also added that during the meeting exchange of opinions on topical international and regional problems with emphasis on issues of stability and security in the Asia Pacific region.

Earlier, the Minister of defense of Philippines Dolphin Lorenzana at the meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu said that Russia and the Philippines during the visit of Duterte intend to sign a cooperation agreement in the field of defense. He Duterte on the eve of his visit to Russia said in an interview with Russian media that the main focus of his trip will be the issues of security and defense. Hopes the Philippine leader, in particular, on the supply of arms from Russia.

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin invited Duterte to visit during the meeting at the APEC summit in Peru, which took place in November last year.

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