President Putin accepts President Duterte’s invitation to visit PHL, says Russia’s envoy

(File photo) Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte prior to their meeting at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / Sputnik / AFP)


(Eagle News) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit the country soon after accepting President Rodrigo Duterte’s invitation for him to come to the Philippines, according to Russia’s ambassador to the country.

Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev said the visit of President Putin would be arranged “as soon as possible.”

“President Duterte officially invited President Putin to visit the Philippines. So the invitation of President Duterte was accepted by President Putin with gratitude,” the Russian ambassador said in a news conference.

“I can only express my hope that this visit will be made as soon as possible,” he said.

Ambassador Khovaev did not disclose any more details, but said “we’ll do our best to arrange this visit as soon as possible.”

President Duterte has already visited Russia two times.

The first was in May 2017, which was cut short because of the Marawi siege.

The second was early this month upon the invitation of President Putin.

President Duterte’s second visit to Russia which lasted for five days, also resulted in 10 business agreements estimated to be worth around $12.57 million.

He also visited the Filipino community in Russia and assured them that he is working to have a bilateral agreement with Russia that would solve the problem of undocumented Filipino workers there.