Putin skipping ASEAN meeting set in PH in November

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  • President Vladimir Putin won’t visit the Philippines in November
  • Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Khovaev announces this
  • President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier made public his admiration for Putin

Russian President Vladmir Putin won’t be visiting the Philippines in November during the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) leaders meeting.

Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev was quoted on the likelihood of Putin’s attendance to the November meeting.

“The East Asia Summits, they are usually attended by our Prime Minister; our President usually attends the APEC summits. It’s a distribution of powers, of their responsibilities,” ABS-CBN quoted Khovaev as saying.

President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier mentioned that he admires Russia’s strongman leader.

Just last May, Duterte visited Russia but his trip was cut short because the fighting between the military and the terrorist Maute Group in Marawi City broke out.

His state visit was supposed to last for four days but he had to fly back home immediately after arriving in Russia. Putin adjusted his schedule to meet with Duterte.

During the same time, Russia vowed to help the Philippines in its war against drugs.

Since former US President Barack Obama’s criticism of his drug war, Duterte has said that he is keen on seeking support from Russia and China.