PH, Russia ink 2 defense pacts

MANILA — Highlighting their deepening ties, the Philippines and Russia signed two agreements on the sidelines of the 4th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) – Plus on Tuesday.

This took place at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark, Pampanga.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Russian Defense Minister General Sergey Shoygu signed an agreement on a military technical cooperation between the two countries.

The document contained provisions on various areas of the cooperation such as research, production support, as well as a possible exchange of experts and training of personnel for joint programs.

In addition, the two governments also signed a contract for the Philippines’ procurement of defense articles from Rosoboronexport, a Russian state-owned company.

Lorenzana and Rosoboronexport director-general Alexander A. Mikheev signed the agreement. PNA-Photo by DANNY PATA/

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