Duterte arrives in Sochi, Russia ahead of meeting with Putin


Posted at Oct 03 2019 05:14 AM

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Sochi, Russia late Wednesday night ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Philippine president hopes to secure an agreement with Putin for the protection of Filipino migrant workers in Russia.

Most Filipino workers in Russia who are employed in household service do not have legal visas, Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta had said.

Both leaders are also expected to witness the signing of several bilateral agreements covering the areas of culture, health and basic research.

Duterte is also set to join Russia's Vladai discussion club of experts Thursday, where he is expected to deliver a speech on the theme “The World Order Seen From the East."

This is his 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.—With a report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News