Philippines-Russia bilateral consultation held
Closer relations with Russia seen
MANILA – Stronger bilateral relations is expected between the Philippines and Russia especially with the COVID-19 vaccines, trade, technology and the protection of Overseas Filipinos in Russia as the 12th Political Consultations, co-chaired by Acting Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Bilateral and Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) Affairs Elizabeth P. Buensuceso with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor V. Morgulov last Friday, April 23,2021 in a virtual meeting.
After the phone conversation between President Duterte and President Putin last Monday, April 13,2021 where both leaders where they pledged to cooperate in the fight vs COVID-19, Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov confirmed the arrival of initial shipment of 15,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines in the Philippines today.
Russia and the Philippines expressed satisfaction at the trajectory of the bilateral relations which has grown from being defense-centric to more robust cooperation in trade and investments, culture, outer space, nuclear technology and energy, labor, and people-to-people ties. They agreed to celebrate their 45th anniversary of bilateral relations with meaningful activities throughout the year.
Both parties discussed matters about the United Nations, ASEAN, events at the South China Sea and the geopolitical situation in the Asia Pacific region. (Melo M. Acuña)
Foreign Undersecretary Elizabeth Buenseceso and Russian Deputy Minister Igor Morgulov talk about Philippines-Russian relations. (DFA supplied photos)