Philippines' Duterte leaves for 4-day visit to Russian Federation

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte enters a hall during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow Russia

Separately, officials from the two countries agreed to discuss "mutually acceptable approaches" to South China Sea issues during a bilateral consultation in the Chinese city of Guiyang on Friday, according to a joint statement released by the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs.

THE European Union said it would continue its development assistance to the Philippines until the Philippine government clarifies an earlier announcement by President Rodrigo Duterte of the cancellation of aid from the 28-nation bloc over supposed conditions related to human rights.

"I think a military attaché is a good way, for example we want to buy products, he will make sure things are going well", he said.

He added that his administration will give Philippines-Russia relations the attention that is commensurate to its full potential. And when Duterte asked what that was, Xi reportedly said: "We will go to war".

China's claim to more than 80 percent of the South China Sea has prevented the Philippines and Vietnam from exploring valuable oil and gas deposits.

Before his visit, Duterte said that one of his top priorities is to secure Russian precision-guided bombs to use on Islamic militants in the southern Philippines. "It wasn't a threat in the sense that it was more the threat of conflict will always be there if we do not dialogue", Cayetano said in a press conference.

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He said overdependence on traditional partners in the past has limited the Philippines' room to maneuver in a dynamic worldwide arena.

However, Philippines' foreign minister started damage control after Duterte's explosive claims which were well-televised.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte left Monday for a four-day official visit to Russia, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and witness the signing of several agreements, including on defense cooperation and trade.

He said that after his return next week from a trip to Russian Federation with Duterte he will explain the context of the two leaders' exchange to lawmakers and a Supreme Court justice, who have urged the Philippines to file a diplomatic protest over the alleged war threats and to ask the United Nations to demand that China comply with the arbitral ruling.

On a state visit to China past year, Duterte announced the Philippines' "separation" from the United States.

The Philippines is a traditional military ally of the U.S., but Duterte has expressed discontent with Washington's foreign policy.

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The trip is at the invitation of Putin, whom Duterte met in Peru in November on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific leaders' summit.

"Historically, I have been identified with the Western world".

The President himself has taken a U-turn on Monday by committing to bolster closer ties with Russian Federation and China.

That's more than four times the 2.7 trillion cubic feet of reserves in Malampaya gas field, the largest in the Philippines, which now fuels several power plants and generated hundreds of billions of pesos worth of royalties for the government. We would want to maintain the present warm relationship.

In an interview to Sputnik, the Philippine leader said if the Philippines is engaged in a military conflict with China it would be a "massacre" and talks will take place but when the time is right for the talks to resume."On the contrary, Duterte questioned, "Do you expect me to fight China in a war?"

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