Duterte invites Russian President Putin to the Philippines

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President Rodrigo Duterte invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the Philippines for the first time, Moscow’s envoy said on Saturday.

President Duterte officially invited President Putin to visit the Philippines,” Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev said in a forum.

However, the envoy said it is not time to discuss details or specific dates of the visit.

On a positive note, the ambassador said “The invitation of President Duterte was accepted by President Putin with gratitude.”

“At this moment, I can only express my hope that this visit will be paid as soon as possible. When? I don’t know, but we will do our best to arrange his visit as soon as possible,” he added.

Duterte visited Russia twice during his term. His first state visit was in May 2017 but was cut short due to the Marawi siege. While, the second visit of the Philippine leader was just earlier this month upon the invitation of Putin.

The relationship of the two heads of state resulted to business deal worth P620 million for the Philippines.