The resulting action plan will be approved by relevant authorities of both ministries, with the listed items being seen as tangible implementation of the Agreement on Defense Cooperation which is slated to be signed when President Rodrigo Duterte visits Russia later this year. Previously held consultations on this agreement have resulted in a mutually acceptable text which is currently going through their respective internal vetting and approval processes.
While both delegations explored various mechanisms to promote PH-Russia defense relations, both sides acknowledged the need to pursue cooperation in a step-by-step but sustained manner based on mutual trust and respect for each other’s internal processes. The items contained in the draft action are considered as the initial undertakings for moving the bilateral defense relations forward.
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