Philippines eyes several agreements with Russia during Putin visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin (front) gets into an AvtoVAZ Lada Vesta before driving to attend a session of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia, October 22, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin (front) gets into an AvtoVAZ Lada Vesta before driving to attend a session of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia, October 22, 2015

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Vladimir Putin will visit the Philippines in November for the APEC summit.

The Philippines is looking to sign a number of pending agreements with Russia when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the country for the 2015 APEC summit, the Philippine Information Agency reported.

The agreements include consular protection, humanitarian cooperation, trade and investment enhancement, fighting transnational crimes, including terrorism, and defense and security cooperation, the news agency cited Philippine Senate President Franklin Drilon as saying.

“On top of these, we are keen on intensifying people-to-people exchanges in the fields of education, culture and the arts, and tourism, among others and between or youth,” Drilon told Sergei Naryshkin, Chairman of the Russian State Duma, according to the report. 

“We need to strengthen our linkages at the people-to-people level if we are to succeed in building a strong, dynamic, and multi-faceted relationship responsive to the needs of the 21st century.”

Putin will hold standalone meetings with his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino III on the sidelines of next month’s APEC summit in Manila. 

 

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