LIMA, Peru - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held bilateral talks with Russian President Vladmin Putin on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Lima, Peru on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
During their meeting, Putin congratulated Duterte on his "glorious election" last May, and Duterte told Putin about the Philippines' drug problems.
Duterte also criticized Western countries for "bullying" the Philippines, claiming that the "West forced my country to contribute soldiers to its wars."
Duterte has previously praised Putin in his speeches and has called the Russian leader his “favorite hero.”
He had also said he will shift his focus on China and Russia as his relationship with the US soured over Washington’s criticisms on his war on drugs.
US President Barack Obama had been the subject of Duterte’s numerous tirades. In one instance, the tough-talking Filipino leader told Obama to go to hell.
-- With reports from Dexter Ganibe, DZMM; Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News