President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet at the Coconut Palace on November 13, 2017.
The head of the Russian government Dmitry Medvedev said that new United States sanctions against the Russian Federation would undermine the relations between the countries for decades. This is a new chapter in our relationship, and no doubt we will keep standing by your side", Medvedev added.Duterte, for his part, thanked Medvedev for giving such an opportunity to the Philippines."We have improved our friendship, and we plan to expand trade ties with your country.
"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, noting that their cases are still under investigation.
"Whether true or not, we will find out but I will see to it that they are treated fairly and no additional stress on their person that will happen", he continued.
Duterte began his remarks by thanking Russian Federation for the 5,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles it gave to the Philippine military.
Medvedev said that the relationship between Manila and Moscow has reached new heights under the Duterte administration. "We were able to use the rifles and the arms that you gave us on time", he said.
Kirdyushkin claimed that he did not know he was carrying illegal drugs as a friend only asked him to bring it to Manila. According to Duterte, the Philippines intends to have a small opening so the country can do business with other countries. Duterte suggested an exhibit showcasing Filipino products to Russians and other Eurasians.
Medvedev said Russian Federation is also willing to boost cooperation in fight against terrorism and extremism.
Medvedev, whose words were relayed to Duterte through a translator, responded by saying Russian is ready to expand its ties with the Philippines in "all the areas and dimensions including politics and trade economic cooperation, cultural ties".