Russia and Philippines plan ‘war games’ as two of Putin’s ships make a rare stop in Manila following President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to shun the United States

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
By Paul Martin

The games will focus on tackling maritime piracy and terrorism
Two Russian ships have made a rare stop in Manila, the capital of the Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte has pledged to scale back relations with the US
He said instead that he wants to form closer bonds with Putin’s Russia

3 January 2017

The Russian Navy is set to hold ‘war games’ with the Philippines, after controversial President Rodrigo Duterte said he would be downgrading his country’s military alignment with the United States.

The country has formerly held dozens of exercises each year alongside the US military, but these have been put on hold by Duterte, who took office in June.

The war games with Russia will focus on tackling maritime piracy and terrorism, said Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov, the deputy commander of the Russian Navy’s Pacific fleet.

He made the comments as two Russian ships made a rare stop in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

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