2 Russian Warships visit the Philippines

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  1. Falcon

    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

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    Moscow seeks naval drills as Russian warships visit Manila

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    Russia wants to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, sending two warships to Manila for the first official navy-to-navy contact, as President Rodrigo Duterte pivots to United States' traditional rivals.

    Admiral Tributs, an anti-submarine vessel, and a sea tanker Boris Butoma, arrived late on Tuesday for a four-day goodwill visit, with its crew expected to demonstrate anti-terrorism capability and hold talks, said Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov, head of the Flotilla of the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet.

    "Our governments will maybe discuss in some period of time the possibilities of our maritime exercises," Mikhailov told a news conference, adding Russia has been holding drills with the Indonesian navy.

    More: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSKBN14N0CG
     
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    I don't think the Philippines will fully separate from us, they are just showing us that we aren't as critical to them as we thought. Most of their military equipment is American, we are their second largest import and export partner, they need us to keep the Chinese at bay. Once the current Philippine president is gone things will go back to normal, or things might go back to normal if Trump treats the Philippines differently. I know we didn't sell them all of the weapons they wanted and we are probably playing some tricks to undermine their current president, Trump might change that.
     
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    I don't like to get political but when it comes to our standing in the world things really went south under Obama. Our relations with Russia are horrible, we didn't get rid of Assad, Libya was a fail, relations with Israel are bad, the Turks hate us, the Philippines hate us, we have a lot of tension with China, ISIS emerged, the oil arabs don't trust us. The only places we improved were in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and East Africa. I will end my rant and get back on topic.

    This trip is more symbolic, Putin didn't react to Obama's expulsion of US diplomats directly but this may be Putin's indirect response. A strategic jab to show that Obama is incompetent.
     
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    Russia offers Philippines arms and close friendship
    World News
    Thu Jan 5, 2017 | 5:33am EST
    By Karen Lema | MANILA



    Russia is ready to supply the Philippines with sophisticated weapons including aircraft and submarines and aims to become a close friend of the traditional U.S. ally as it diversifies its foreign ties, Russia's ambassador said on Wednesday.

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has thrown the future of Philippine-U.S. relations into question with angry outbursts against the former colonial power and some scaling back of military ties while taking steps to boost ties with China and Russia.

    Illustrating the transformation of Philippine foreign relations since Duterte took office in June, two Russian warships are on four-day visit to Manila this week, the first official navy-to-navy contact between the two countries.

    Russian Ambassador Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev took the opportunity to hold a news conference on board the anti-submarine vessel Admiral Tributs.

    He said he understood that the Philippines was intent on diversifying its foreign partners.

    "It's not a choice between these partners and those ones. Diversification means preserving and keeping old traditional partners and getting new ones. So Russia is ready to become a new reliable partner and close friend of the Philippines," he said.

    "We don't interfere with your relations with your traditional partners and your traditional partners should respect the interest of the Philippines and Russia."

    The Russian navy visit comes less than a month after Duterte sent his foreign and defence ministers to Moscow to discuss arms deals after a U.S. senator said he would block the sale of 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippines due to concern about a rising death toll in a war on drugs launched by Duterte.

    Khovaev said Russia had a range of weapons to offer.

    "We are ready to supply small arms and light weapons, some aeroplanes, helicopters, submarines and many, many other weapons. Sophisticated weapons. Not the second-hand ones,” Khovaev said.

    "Russia has a lot to offer but everything will be done in full compliance with international law." .

    He said it was too early to talk about the scope of military cooperation but, in a clear reference to the United States, said old allies should not worry.

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    More -> http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-russia-military-idUSKBN14O19W?il=0
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    Thats tough to argue with and something that the Americans don't like to hear. With America its all or nothing. Russia can provide the Philippines weapons and military exercises but I don't believe that they will be too serious so as to not irk China.
     
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    Putin hit 3 birds with one stone

    a strategic jab to obama
    making america's oldest non nato ally into a pro russian country
    and making a way to trade with other south east asian countries
     
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    and by making a way to trade with other south east asian countries i meant that

    The change of philippines who everyone knows as the oldest non nato ally of the us would make the other ASEAN members hesitant to choose america or russia
     
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