Russian envoy assures no hidden agenda behind weapons donation


Posted at Oct 22 2017 12:38 AM

MANILA - There is no hidden agenda behind Russia's donation of weaponry to the Philippines, its envoy said Saturday.

Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev said his country is ready to help Filipinos and their "legitimate fight versus terrorism" and lauded the recent liberation of conflict-stricken Marawi City.

"I’m assuring you that the cooperation with Russia will have no political conditionalities. That’s the fundamental principle of our military cooperation with all interested foreign partners," Khovaev said.

"Please don’t worry. We Russians, we have no hidden agenda. If we extend our help to you, we are doing that sincerely. We have no hidden agenda and political conditionalities."

Two Russian Navy destroyers on Friday docked at the Manila South Harbor for a goodwill visit in the country until Thursday.

The warships contain special military equipment that will be donated by the Russian Federation to the Philippines. — Report from Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News