MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday met with Russian officials for his weeklong visit in Russia upon the invitation of its leader Vladimir Putin.
The Philippine president was welcomed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and both leaders held their talks in the House of Russian Government in Moscow.
This is Duterte's second trip to Russia following his first visit in May 2017, which was cut short due to a terror attack in southern Philippines that forced him to come home earlier than scheduled.
Malacañang said that Duterte will use his second visit to broaden Philippines-Russia cooperation in trade and economics, defense and military, health and science and technology, among others.
Joining the president’s official delegation are presidential spokesperson and chief legal adviser Salvador Panelo, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Sen. Bong Go, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena, among others.