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Russia ready to supply Philippines with new weapons: ambassador

Russia is ready to supply the Philippines with "sophisticated" brand-new weapons instead of used ones, Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev said Wednesday in Manila. Khovaev made the remarks as the Russian Navy is making six-day goodwill visit to the country. Kovhaev voiced optimism about the relationship between the Philippines and Russia, hoping that the two countries will eventually forge military and defense cooperation in the future.  Besides the anti-submarine ship, a Russian large tanker Boris Butoma is also docked Manila.  Kovhaev said Russia is looking forward to the official visit of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Russia this spring, adding that the specific date is still being finalized.

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