- Title: Philippines' Duterte arrives in Russia
- Date: 22nd May 2017
- Summary: VARIOUS OF DUTERTE RECEIVING OFFICIAL WELCOME, STANDING FOR BAND VARIOUS OF WALKING PAST TROOPS DOWN RED CARPET, TROOPS AND BAND MARCHING PAST DUTERTE
- Embargoed: 5th June 2017 22:49
- Keywords: Moscow airport arrival to airport Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Philippines Russia
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026HX82MF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (May 22) arrived in Moscow for a five-day visit where he is expected to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin later this week.
On departure to Russia Duterte said he will meet and exchange views on regional concerns with Putin.
The firebrand leader has previously expressed his admiration for Putin, whom he first met on the sidelines of the 2016 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru, as he courts and negotiates trade deals with strategic U.S. rivals Russia and China.
Duterte is seeking closer ties with Moscow and Beijing after the U.S., Manila's only treaty ally, and the United Nations repeatedly criticised his war on drugs that has killed thousands of people.
Duterte will also meet Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
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