President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi on October 3, 2019.
In his departure statement on 1 October 2019, President Duterte said that the meeting shall take stock of the two countries’ bilateral relations and that he and President Putin shall “identify ways of further intensifying cooperation areas of security and defense, combatting terrorism and violent extremism, and addressing transnational crimes.”
The Chief Executive added that he would take the “opportunity to discuss regional and global developments that impact the Philippines and Russia as key points of convergence of national interests where we can work together.”
This is the fourth meeting between President Duterte and his Russian counterpart. Their first meeting took place at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Peru last November 2016, followed by the two leaders’ bilateral meeting in Russia on May 2017 during President Duterte’s official visit. Both leaders met again in November that same year at the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Vietnam.
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