Del Rosario meets Russian counterpart in Moscow visit


Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario

In a historic bilateral meeting held in Moscow on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov agreed to further improve relations between the two countries, particularly in matters of political security, the fight against terrorism and transnational crime,  trade, investment and tourism, migration, energy and culture.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Del Rosario and Lavrov  have “agreed to craft a joint plan of action that will chart their future relations in the next five years.”

The Moscow visit, the DFA said, was a first by a Philippine foreign secretary in seven years and capped the yearlong celebration of 35 years of Philippine-Russian relations.

Del Rosario and Lavrov also discussed the challenges posed by maritime security in the Asia-Pacific  region. “They agreed that the threats in this area should be approached using a rules-based regime based on transparency and diplomacy,” the DFA said. “They affirmed their commitment to ensure safety of navigation and other security issues in the region.”

The Philippines considers Russia an important bilateral partner as it shares similar views in the United Nations, the East Asia Summit, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Asia-Europe Meeting and other regional groupings.

“These similar aspirations are based on both countries’ adherence to sovereignty, territorial integrity and the maintenance of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” the foreign office added.

The bilateral meeting was preceded by a wreath-laying ceremony at Alexandrovsky Garden, and was followed by a working lunch.

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  • pepe

    Ok, Buy Yakovlev Yak-130 as trainer, as Light Attack Aircraft or Ground Attack Trainer… it can even use Airstrips or unpaved airfields.

    The design is the same with Aermacchi M-346 because Aermacchi is the co-developer of this fighter plane.

  • avmphil

    Its timely for Mr. Albert del Rosario to be in Moscow after a lapse of many years. True it will be said: Communism was manufactured by the Soviets to suit and unite its vast fragmented empire. True it has to be said.the Russians never gave material support to rampage this country via its sympathizers.SEA countries had built-up reciprocal relationships with the Soviets and this will be a moment the Philippines looks further to improve its relations with the Russian people in varying fields and,also find areas to upgrade the Armed Forces with advance weaponry as far as defense is concern.

  • joboni96

    russia can be an ally
    to neutralize tsina

    russia – tsina are natural competitors

    russian defense equipment
    can also be effective
    to reduce dependence on u.s.

    yak-130, corvettes, sukhoi
    sam, ssm, anti-ship

  • goldilock

    Russia is 60% part democracy and 40% part old soviet Russia. Russia previous president dismissed 60 percent corrupt leaders, mayors, governors and heads of different departments. With Putin as the new president, Russia’s transition might take a long way for Putin wants the old practice not be shelves resulting with no jobs for them. Putin wants the new practice and old practice goes hand in hand and that the old practice will be helping in the transition.

    With regards to China occupying Philippine territory, Russia might be able to convince China to stop its invasion to Philippine territories. Respect everyone’s 200 mile EZZ.

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