By: Elena Grace Flores
Big changes in terms of alliance is happening in the country. Right after the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte to cut its economic and military ventures with America in China, Russia opens its door to the Philippines.
Youtube video by: RT
[VIDEO]: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his intention to distance his country from the US, its former colonial master, saying he is about to pass “the point of no return” with the US.
Point of no Return
President Duterte expresses his views that he has come to the point that he can say that he has reached the point of no return – when it comes to the alliance with the US. This has prompted Russia to enter the scene which is the greatest ally of China.
Russia awaits Wish List
A Russian envoy visiting Manila says; “Please formulate your wish list. What kind of assistance do you expect from Russia and we will be ready to sit down with you and discuss what can and should be done,” Ambassador Igor Khovaev told GMA News’ Rida Reyes in an exclusive interview.
Different from the Movies
Khovaev said that they are aware of the “negative” image being portrayed of Russia.
“A true Russia is much, much different from what is being portrayed by Hollywood movies; the envoy explained. The Philippines and Russia deserve to know each other better. Russia is open to cooperation with the Philippines. “It includes any area, any field of possible cooperation;” he added.
Not Interfering in Domestic Affairs
Russia supports Duterte’s illegal drugs and criminality war. Russia respects the domestic affairs of the Philippines also. “We don’t interfere with the domestic affairs of a sovereign state. It is a fundamental principle of our foreign policy,” he added.