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Presidents Duterte and Putin talk about vaccines, regional security

Presidents Duterte and Putin in “telesummit”

MANILA – An open and productive telesummit took place between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian Federation President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin early Tuesday evening.

In a statement from the Office of the President, it was learned Presidents Duterte and Putin reaffirmed their shared commitment to broaden cooperation as the Philippines and Russia commemorate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year and vowed to cooperate in the fight against COVID-19.

President Duterte thanked President Putin for Russia’s commitment to bolster cooperation in various areas, “including combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the statement.

They also talked about global and regional vaccine landscapes, underscoring the possibility of utilizing Russia’s Sputnik V to as many countries as possible.

The Philippines has ordered 20,000,000 doses of Sputnik V from Russia and both leaders stressed the importance of boosting the global production and supplies.

They also took note of the steady progress in defense and security cooperation between the Philippines and Russia with the regular exchanges between defense, intelligence and military agencies and vowed to sustain the momentum gained over the past five years.

President Putin was reported to have highlighted the positive trajectory of the Russia-Philippines relations and emphasized the many opportunities for deeper cooperation in trade and investments, agriculture and energy development as both countries work on further enhancing political-security cooperation.

President Duterte restated his invitation for President Putin to visit Manila as soon as circumstances allow, which President welcomed. Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. and long-time Special Adviser and now Senator Christopher Lawrence T. Go.

Malacañang reported the phone conversation lasted for half an hour. (Melo M. Acuña)

President Rodrigo Duterte engaging Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin in a 30-minute conversation on wide-ranging issues. (Malacañang Photos)

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