Russia’s Putin welcomes Duterte’s invitation to visit PH

Published April 13, 2021, 7:55 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted President Duterte’s invitation to visit the Philippines when circumstances would allow.

(Photo via Genalyn Kabiling)

The invitation was relayed by the President to the Russian leader during their 30-minute phone conversation Tuesday in an effort to broaden relations.

“President Duterte also reiterated his invitation for President Putin to visit the Philippines as soon as circumstances allow, which President Putin welcomed,” the Palace said in a statement.

The two leaders have reaffirmed commitment to boost cooperation in defense and security, trade and investments, as well as efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, during their telesummit. 

Duterte and Putin likewise committed to continue the momentum of robust bilateral relations as the two nations mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year.

In December, President Duterte, who has described Putin as his “idol,” invited the Russian President to visit the country once possible, citing plans to promote “a more robust and deeper cooperation” between the two countries.

Duterte embarked on two official trips to Russia since the start of his term in 2016. The Russian leader has yet to reciprocate the visit.