- Following President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement of military and economic separation from the United States, Russia expressed an interest in making an association with the country
- Accordig to Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev, the Russian Prime Minister has been impressed with Duterte's personality during their trip to Laos
- He also expressed Russia's interest in working with and providing assistance to the Philippines if a list of the expected assistance would be prepared
Following President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement of separation from the United States, Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev announced that Moscow is ready and willing to provide assistance to and fully cooperate with the Philippines.
According to Khovaev, Duterte impressed Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during his trip in Laos last September.
"[Medvedev] was deeply impressed by the personality of his Excellency President Rodrigo Duterte," Khovaev said.
Khovaev also urged the Philippines to "formulate your wish list" to include information on "what kind of assistance do you expect from Russia."
"We will be ready to sit down with you and discuss what can and should be done,” he added.
He went on and said that not only does Russia respect the Philippines' domestic affair, but they are also open to working with the Philippines in “any area, any field of possible cooperation.”
"We don't interfere with the domestic affair of a sovereign state. It is a fundamental principle of our foreign policies," says the envoy.
The Russian ambassador announced that they are aware that Russia has been painted in a negative light though he assured [the Philippines] that "true Russia is much, much different from what is being portrayed by Hollywood movies."
Khovaev added that the Philippines and Russia “deserve to know each other much, much better.”