Philippines' Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US

Lorenzana was speaking in Moscow, where he was accompanying Duterte on an official visit.

He said he will meet with the EU's envoy to Manila to discuss the issue and iron out some "miscommunication" after he returns from Russian Federation, where he will accompany Duterte on a trip next week.

"I am now working on alliance with China, and I hope to start a good working relationship with Russia", Duterte told Russian television network RT prior to his week-long visit to Russia.

We want to organize our own steel production, as this will benefit our national interests, he said. "Same goal. If they can spare us the precision-guided (bombs). we have so many smart bombs but not as accurate as the ones guided by laser or satellite", he said at a Philippine Coast Guard Auxillary national convention, according to the Philstar. Progress in the metallurgical sphere would be a crucial condition for our country's plans to export automated equipment, he said. We're an independent country.

"My visit underscores the independence of the Philippines' foreign policy and the firm resolve to broaden the horizons of friendship and cooperation with other nations", Duterte told reporters.

"I understand that and fully understand that and I think we had a previous President who did not understand that, but I understand that we have spoke about this before", Trump said. "But if you force the issue, we will go to war".

"I want to deal with China and Russian Federation". "Overdependence on traditional partners has limited our room to maneuver in a very dynamic global arena".

Mr Duterte's critics have made much of his refusal to push China to comply with a ruling past year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague at the end of a case brought by the Philippines against China, which was largely in favour of the Philippines.

MGIMO has previously awarded the degree to former president Fidel V. Ramos, former United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon who has criticized Duterte's war on drugs, and former U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights Louise Arbor. Meanwhile, Duterte has scaled down joint military exercises with the US. At the end of the day is this: "you say it is yours and I say, it is mine", he added. He earlier challenged the European Union to stop its assistance after the bloc warned that the Philippines risked losing tariff-free exports to Europe due to the thousands of people killed in Duterte's drug crackdown, and government moves to revive the death penalty.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella initially said martial law in Mindanao would last for 60 days.

"They're blackmailing me that they won't sell weapons?"

In the same interview with the Russian media, Duterte revealed that he had turned down an invitation to attend US President Donald Trump's inauguration in January in favor of first visiting Russia.

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