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Philippines President Duterte personally receives weapons shipment & tours Russian destroyer (VIDEO)

Philippines President Duterte personally receives weapons shipment & tours Russian destroyer (VIDEO)

Philippines has received rifles and other military equipment donation as these were turned over by Russian Federation on Wednesday.

"I'm not in any way threatened by the fact that China and Russian Federation are also providing military assistance to the Philippines", Kim said.

The two governments also signed a contract for the Philippines' procurement of defense articles from Rosoboronexport, a Russian state-owned company.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said that weapons, which were provided by Russian Federation "at no cost", would help the Philippines counterinsurgency. The agreement was inked on the sidelines of a meeting of defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their dialogue partners in Clark, Pampanga.

The certificate of donation was signed by Philippines' Department of National Defense Undersecretary Raymundo Elefante and Major General Aleksandr Kshimovksiy of the main department for worldwide military cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Defense. He also said USA forces provided "very useful technical advice", especially in the area of urban warfare where they had more experience than Filipino troops. "That's their reason", the defense chief said in an earlier interview.

It is worthy of note that Russian Federation is not the only country that provides military assistance to the Philippines.

"Maybe... in the future but we do not have an agreement for that".

During a visit to Beijing past year he said he had "realigned" himself towards Beijing and Moscow.

"It's the extension of defense cooperation that eventually will pave the way (for Manila) to have these military equipment if we are going to acquire them", Elefante only said.

Duterte led the turnover rites of Russia's military armament at Port of Manila on Wednesday morning.

During his tour, Duterte checked the shipboard main alley, air defense platform, main artillery unit, and the wardroom.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte inspects the AK-74M Kalashnikov Rifles donated by the Russian Federation during the ceremonial turnover at Pier 15 in Port Area, Manila on October 25, 2017.

Ambassador Sung Kim highlighted American intelligence, urban warfare training and drones as among the factors that helped end the conflict in Marawi city on Monday, which local authorities said claimed more than 1,100 lives.

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