On May 15, Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines Alan Peter Cayetano.
The officials will hold an in-depth discussion on current relations between Russia and the Philippines and the possibility of strengthening them. This will relate primarily to the implementation of the agreements that were reached during a visit by President Rodrigo Duterte to Russia in May 2017 and his meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the APEC summit held in Danang, Vietnam, in November 2017 and talks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the East Asia Summit held in Manila, the Philippines, in November 2017. The ministers will also exchange opinions on current regional and international matters.
The Philippines is an important and potentially very useful partner of Russia in Asia Pacific.
Relations between Russia and the Philippines have always been characterised by intense political dialogue, increasing economic partnership and consistent development in military and technical cooperation.
Russia and the Philippines have similar or identical views on many current global problems. They maintain constructive interaction at the UN and multilateral Asian-Pacific organisations, including the ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership, APEC, the East Asia Summit (EAS), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the ASEAN Defence Ministerial Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus) as well as the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).
Russia and the Philippines prioritise the development of their trade and economic cooperation.
Mutual trade reached $602 million (a rise of 37 per cent) in 2017 and further increased by 68 per cent in January and February 2018, reaching $94.3 million. Russian exports amounted to $37.8 million (up 354 per cent) and imports from the Philippines were estimated at $56.5 million (up 18.7 per cent).
We welcome the results of the latest meeting of the Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, which was held in Manila in April this year. We aim to implement the agreements that were reached there.
Cooperation between our countries’ business communities in agriculture, industry, energy and transport infrastructure has recently become much more active. Joint investment projects involving Russia’s Vi Holding and RZDstroy are being implemented in the Philippines.
Our countries are working together to combat international terrorism, extremism, illegal drug trafficking and transnational crime.
Consultations are held between the security councils of Russia and the Philippines.
The development of military and technical cooperation, which is among our priorities, includes Russian military deliveries to the Philippines, mutual visits by military delegations and friendly calls by Russian warships at the Philippine ports.
We note a strengthening of bilateral ties in the fields of research, education and culture.
We believe that the upcoming visit by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano will further strengthen and provide a positive impetus to our bilateral relations, in the long-term interests of our nations, as well as to the goal of ensuring security and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.
May 14, 2018 г.