The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte ordered to cancel a deal to purchase weapons from the United States, reports Reuters. The head of state explained that the government expects a more profitable option to the supply of arms. “We’ll just have to look for another supplier, more cheap and reliable,” said Duterte in a televised address.
The U.S. state Department stopped a planned sale of 26 thousand rifles for the Philippine national police after Senator Ben Cardin said he would oppose the deal.
In early October, the head of the Ministry of defense of the Philippines Delfin of Lorenzana said that against the background of deteriorating relations with the United States Philippine armed forces will be able to do without American military aid.
As stressed by then the Minister, if the military-technical cooperation with the United States will be collapsed, the Philippines would receive weapons from other countries. The number of potential arms suppliers has called China and Russia. Lorenzana indicated that the country’s President Rodrigo Duterte talked about the possible reduction of military-technical cooperation with Washington.
The defense Minister noted that the government can ask Congress to allocate an additional $ 50-100 million to compensate for the lack of American assistance. At the same time, the U.S. state Department spokesman John Kirby assured that Washington intends to provide military assistance to the Philippines in full. According to him, the total amount of US aid pledged for the fiscal year that began October 1, is $ 180 million.
Delphine of Lorenzana reported that no agreement on arms supplies with China were not yet discussed. In light of the cancellation of the deal with the United States on arms supplies new data in this respect did not arrive yet. It is also unknown what the supply of arms from Russia counting the Philippines.
Prior to that, Rodrigo Duterte announced the termination of the joint Philippine-American military exercises and the revision of the agreement between countries for protection. In his speech of 4 October Duterte threatened to sever any relations with the United States, expressive of sending President Barack Obama “to hell.” Then he threatened that if Washington does not want to sell arms to the Philippines, the country will turn to Russia. He assured that Moscow has promised to provide the authorities of the Philippines any weapons they need.
The head of the Philippines not for the first time makes public curses to the American authorities. So, in September before the G20 summit in China, he called Obama “son of a bitch”. Recovering himself, the President tried to justify himself, but again broke down along the way called him a “fool,” UN Secretary-General ban Ki-moon for his stance against extrajudicial killings of drug dealers. Later Duterte foul language “sent” to the European Union.
12 September Duterte urged to withdraw U.S. troops from a military base on one of the Islands of the Philippines.
We expect the President of the Philippines and is ready to cooperate in military-technical sphere
Rodrigo Duterte also said that does not exclude the possibility to visit Russia soon. In October, the President of the Philippines visited China and said after this visit that he considers it possible to conclude a military and economic Alliance with Russia and China. Russia’s Ambassador in Manila Igor Hove on Monday, 7 November, in an interview to”Interfax” reported that the Philippine leader is a welcome guest in Russia and to his eventual arrival is preparing an extensive package of agreements.
At the same time, the diplomat stressed that the invitation of the first persons due to
the turn is the prerogative of the President of the Russian Federation and such event is usually preceded by
intensive preparatory work.
According to Howeva, Moscow is open to cooperation with the Philippines in the military-technical sphere, but the specific cooperation needed to assess the potential of each other. The Ambassador of the Russian Federation noted that the military-technical sphere “requires mutual trust, which doesn’t appear overnight”.
“We need proven steps towards each other. Of course, in strict accordance with international law and without the involvement of Russia in international disputes, which it is not party”, – the diplomat said.