First In 40 Years: Russia To Send Designated Defense Attaché To The Philippines

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The Russian Embassy in Manila announced this Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order this Wednesday to send his country’s first designated defense attaché to the Philippines.

Military strength

According to the embassy, the move signals Moscow’s determination to strengthen the military and technical operation of Manila and Russia.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin/PCOO

The press attaché at the embassy, Natalia Naumova said that there is no specific person that was designated yet.

“It was the principal decision to establish such position at the Embassy. (We) will start working on it now as we have the frameworks,” 

This move is finalized more than a month after the Philippines has sent its first defense attaché to Moscow.

First time in 40 years

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said in an ealier post that Col. Dennis Pastor was with his administrative assistant T/Sgt. Pablito Igne when he reported for duty in May 2018 as head of the Office of Defense Attaché in the Philippine Embassy.

Photo Credit: Russian Embassy in the Philippines

He said that the sending of  a Philippine defense attaché to Russia is the “first time in over 40 years” of relations between the two states.

Bilateral Relations

Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016, the bilateral relations of the two countries continue to improve.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin/PCOO

Furthermore, after the signing of the Agreement on Defense Cooperation and the Agreement on Military-Technical Cooperation in 2017, the defense cooperation between Moscow and Manila developed further.

Source: PTV News