Duterte arrives in Russia to bolster foreign policy shift

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Posted at May 23 2017 07:48 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday. Maxim Shemetov, Reuters

President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in the Russian capital on Tuesday for a four-day visit aimed at strengthening his foreign policy pivot away from the US.

The President and his delegation touched down at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow at 4 a.m., where they were given a red carpet welcome, ahead of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev later this week.

President Rodrigo Duterte attends a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday. Maxim Shemetov, Reuters

Duterte flew to Russia one week after attending a trade forum hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

The President has sought closer diplomatic and economic ties with Russia and China as he distanced the Philippines from its long-time ally, the US, after officials in Washington criticized his war on drugs.

Duterte is also expected to witness the signing of several agreements between Filipino and Russian officials to promote trade and investments.

On Wednesday, he will receive an honorary degree from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, widely considered as Russia's premiere school for international studies and foreign policy.

Interviewed by Russian television prior to his departure from the Philippines, Duterte accused the west of engaging in "double talk."