Asia Unhedged | Russian navy arrives in Philippines for joint exercises
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meet on the sidelines of the APEC summit last year. Duterte has made a priority of befriending Russia as his administration pivots away from the US. Photo: Sputnik, Mikhail Klimentyev via Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meet on the sidelines of the APEC summit last year. Duterte has made a priority of befriending Russia as his administration pivots away from the US. Photo: Sputnik, Mikhail Klimentyev via Reuters
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Russian navy arrives in Philippines for joint exercises

The display of closer ties with Washington’s strategic competitor underscores Duterte’s determination to pivot away from the US

April 21, 2017 3:54 AM (UTC+8)

Russian guided-missile cruiser Varyag, along with fuel tanker ship Pechange, have arrived in the Philippines for a four-day goodwill visit, reports the the US Navy Times. The port call comes less than three months since the last visit from Russian warships.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has described his administration’s diplomatic shift as a pursuit of a constitutionally mandated “independent foreign policy.” The sharp pivot has been characterized by Duterte’s harsh criticism of the US and support of China and Russia.

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