Duterte told about the “secret” gift to Russia in the form of Kalashnikovs

The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte said that Russia will donate the island to the Republic arms in support of the fight against Islamist militants, which could be anywhere, “regroup and attack”, Reuters reports.

Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Reuters

According to the President, Russia will provide about 5 thousand Kalashnikovs in a deal that will be signed before the end of October. Duterte stressed that the Philippine military will no longer have to use hand weapons, which the country received from the United States.

“We will be “Kalashnikovs”, — he said during a speech to the troops. Terms of the deal, the Philippine leader did not lead, adding that the Russian side wants to keep this gift a secret.

Reuters a high-ranking source in the military circles said that the weapons will go when the Minister of defence of Russia will participate “in a regional meeting”. He did not specify that it will be a meeting and who participates in it . According to the interlocutor, besides “Kalashnikov” Philippines receive millions of pieces of ammunition, as well as dozens of army trucks.

The official told the Agency that in the delivery of military cargo to Manila involves five Russian military ships.

According to the Agency, like the present government of the Philippines has received from China: Beijing gave 6 thousand slot machines and 100 sniper rifles. In June, the Philippines said that for the first time in the history of the plan to purchase arms from Russia until the end of the year want to sign the relevant agreements. Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta pointed out that the conclusion of agreements to Russia there will arrive delegation from the Philippines. He later stated that the agreement on military-technical cooperation (MTC) between Russia and the Philippines can be signed in October.

The press service of the concern “Kalashnikov” request RBC to confirm information about whether or not Russia will give the Philippines 5 thousand Kalashnikovs, was forwarded to the “Rosoboronexport”. RBC sent similar requests to the “Rosoboronexport” and FSMTC.

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