PH, Rus­sia ink 9 deals in ‘new era of part­ner­ship’

Manila Times - - FRONT PAGE - LLANESCA T. PANTI

THE Philip­pines signed nine deals with Rus­sia in­volv­ing ex­tra­di­tion, trans­porta­tion and nu­clear en­ergy, among oth­ers, dur­ing Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s bi­lat­eral meet­ing with Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev Mon­day night.

The nine agree­ments were: Treaty on Mu­tual Le­gal As­sis­tance in Crim­i­nal Mat­ters; Treaty on Ex­tra­di­tion; a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing on Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Depart­ment of En­ergy and the State Atomic En­ergy Corp. of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion; Mem­o­ran­dum of

Un­der­stand­ing on Co­op­er­a­tion in the Field of Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion; Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing on the De­vel­op­ment of Co­op­er­a­tion in Trans­port Ed­u­ca­tion; Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing be­tween the Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion of the Repub­lic of the Philip­pines and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­ence of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion; Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing be­tween the Philip­pines and the Fed­eral Ser­vice for In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion; Agree­ment on Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit of the Repub­lic of the Philip­pines and the Ac­counts Cham­ber of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion and Agree­ment of Co­op­er­a­tion and Part­ner­ship be­tween Philippine com­pany Vi Hold­ing LLC and Rus­sian com­pany Global Fer­ronickel Hold­ings Inc.

Medvedev noted that the re­la­tions be­tween Manila and Moscow have reached new heights un­der the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“In­deed, to host such event is today you’ve had lots of meet­ings, meet­ings with heads of states and meet­ing with you quite late at night points to a new level of our part­ner­ship or re­la­tions,” Medvedev said through an in­ter­preter.

The bi­lat­eral meet­ing be­tween Manila and Moscow be­gan at 10:46 pm and ended at 11:30 pm. Mem­bers of the Rus­sian del­ega- Co­conut Palace for the meet­ing.

Pres­i­dent Duterte fol­lowed, ac­com­pa­nied by Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Vi­tal­iano Aguirre 2nd, Trans­porta­tion Sec­re­tary Arthur Tu­gade, and Palace Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­re­tary Martin An­da­nar, among oth­ers. Medvedev came in last. Duterte’s one- on- one meet­ing with Medvedev was ini­tially sched­uled to be­gin at 7:45 p.m., but Duterte had a bi­lat­eral meet­ing with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump that ex­tended be­yond an hour.

As a re­sult, the rest of Duterte’s bi­lat­eral meet­ings with Ja­pan, In­dia, South Korea and Rus­sia were moved to 8 p.m. on­ward.

“Def­i­nitely, we are ready to ex­pand our po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, cul­tural ties, as well as our cooper arms sup­ply. We’ll be of as­sis­tance bring­ing or restor­ing law and order. This is a new chap­ter in our re­la­tion­ship, and no doubt we will keep stand­ing by your side,” Medvedev added.

Duterte thanked Medvedev for Rus­sia’s will­ing­ness to as­sist the Philip­pines.

“We have im­proved our friend­ship, and we plan to ex­pand trade ties with your coun­try. We are hap the Eurasian front,” Duterte said.

“We would only want a small open­ing so we can do busi­ness with the other coun­tries,” Duterte added.

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