Duterte complains to Putin about the 'West'

Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 20 2016 03:22 AM | Updated as of Nov 20 2016 03:34 AM

LIMA (UPDATED) -  Like a kid to an older brother, President Rodrigo Duterte complained to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the "West's hypocrisy, criticism, bullying of smaller nations, and propensity to start wars."

Meeting at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting here at the Peruvian capital, Duterte launched into a rant against western powers and how they treat small countries like the Philippines.

Duterte did not name the United States. He cited, however, the wars in the Korean peninsula, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

To illustrate his point about bullying tactics, Duterte said the unnamed foreign powers "forced the Philippines to contribute soldiers to its wars." He was referring to the Middle East conflict in the 2000s.

When the Philippines pulled out its troops after a Filipino was kidnapped and threatened with beheading, Duterte said the "West made life difficult for us" economically.

Duterte also told Putin about the Philippines' drug problems.

Saying he had been looking forward to meeting the Russian leader, Duterte spoke of his desire to "be a part of Europe." He did not explain how.

But before coming to Peru, Duterte said he would join any "new world order" that would be formed by China and Russia.

Putin, who spoke first, noted how Duterte achieved victory on a day that coincided with "the great patriotic victory" of the Allied Powers over the Nazis.

However, Duterte pointed out that the result of the Cold War pushed the Philippines to the west, and stood between the Philippines and Russia.