Korean president to meet Russian prime minister over bilateral ties, N. Korea

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

The President also brought up the topic of two Russian nationals namely Yuri Kirdyushkin and Anastasia Novopashina, who are now detained in the Philippines due to drug-related charges.

The signing was made during President Duterte's bilateral meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev where both reaffirmed the close ties between their respective countries.

The bilateral meeting between Manila and Moscow began at 10:46 pm and ended at 11:30 pm.

"I would just like to say that we have a working functional justice system here and they will get a fair trial and that they will be detained in a comfortable house", he said.

Duterte thanked Russian Federation for its assistance at a "crucial moment" during the rebellion in Marawi City.

"We were able to use the rifles and arms you gave us in kind and because it was a sniper model that hit one of those commanders, a certain Malaysian Mohamad, I forgot his entire name", he said.

In August this year, US President Donald Trump signed a bill imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation - and also Iran and North Korea - simultaneously stating that the motion was "seriously flawed" and blasting the US Congress for applying pressure to see the bill signed into law.

The Philippine leader expressed his government's intention to help Filipino businesses gain more access into the Eurasian market.

In talks with the South Korean president, Medvedev said Russian Federation is interested in participating in the so-called "nine bridges" initiative, which could substantially boost commercial ties in crucial areas, he said. "It might be a little - exchange of the trade - that will be placed there in Moscow perhaps were the Russian people can view what products that we are going to offer", he said.

Saying his country can never accept North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, Prime Minister Medvedev said Russia supported South Korea's position on peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, which is directly linked to the security of Russia, Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said in a press release. In particular, Russian Federation would like to sell military equipment to the Southeast Asian nation.

Medvedev also said Russian Federation is willing to boost cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism, and to supply more weapons to the Philippines in order to maintain peace and order.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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