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SND in PH-Russia Security Council Consultations

Helpful and useful it would be if the Philippines were given access to the Russian database, specifically in relation to terrorists. This was manifested by Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana after the Russian side extended an invitation for the Philippines to join a database sharing system.

A Russian delegation led by the Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev and composed of representatives from other agencies of the Russian Federation are in the Philippines for consultations with the country's National Security Council. Secretary Lorenzana has been requested by National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon to join the bilateral meeting held in Davao on February 16.

Within the ambit of interagency cooperation, the consultations tackled defense, military and technical cooperation. Both sides expressed confidence that an Agreement on Defense Cooperation would be ready for signing when President Duterte visits Russia mid this year. Meanwhile, another agreement on military-technical cooperation is being worked on by the PH Department of National Defense and Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.

The discussions also zeroed in countering terrorism and transnational crimes with each side updating each other of their respective efforts to counter narcotic drugs and Russia manifesting that it could provide training for the Presidential Security Group in connection with VIP protection and cooperation between the two countries' law enforcement agencies as well as coastguards.

Joining the DND Team for this engagement are Undersecretary for Defense Policy Ricardo David, Undersecretary Raymundo Elefante, Asec Raymund Quilop, AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano, Philippine Army Commanding General LtGen Glorioso Miranda joined Secretary Lorenzana in this Meeting.