Military Tour: Philippine President Boards Russian Missile Cruiser in Manila

© REUTERS / Romeo RanocoThe Philippine Navy's band marches in front of the Russian Navy's guided missile cruiser Varyag, docked during a goodwill visit, at Pier 15, South Harbor, Metro Manila, Philippines April 20, 2017.
The Philippine Navy's band marches in front of the Russian Navy's guided missile cruiser Varyag, docked during a goodwill visit, at Pier 15, South Harbor, Metro Manila, Philippines April 20, 2017. - Sputnik International
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte paid a visit to Russian missile cruiser Varyag, which arrived in the port of Manila during the course of its long-distance voyage.

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Earlier, the commander of the Varyag cruiser, Alexei Ulyanenko, met with the commander of the Philippine Navy.

“Within the framework of the visit of the Pacific Fleet to the port of Manila, a ceremony was held on the Varyag missile cruiser for the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte,” Vladimir Matveev, captain of the second rank and Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday.

The Philippine president examined the ship, while the ship's commander spoke about the history of the Varyag cruiser.

© REUTERS / Romeo RanocoPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte tours Russian Navy guided missile cruiser Varyag, docked during a goodwill visit at Pier 15, South Harbor, Metro Manila, Philippines April 21, 2017.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tours Russian Navy guided missile cruiser Varyag, docked during a goodwill visit at Pier 15, South Harbor, Metro Manila, Philippines April 21, 2017. - Sputnik International
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tours Russian Navy guided missile cruiser Varyag, docked during a goodwill visit at Pier 15, South Harbor, Metro Manila, Philippines April 21, 2017.

The leader was also informed about the main characteristics of the battleship, its weapons and combat capabilities and was introduced to the life of the Pacific sailors onboard.

Furthermore, Duterte visited the ship’s museum and signed a book of honorable visitors.

There was an exchange of souvenirs and then a joint photograph of the president with the crew of Varyag was taken.

The Russian missile cruiser is to stay in the port of Manila until April 24, after which the ship will continue its long sea expedition.

Ships from the Russian Pacific Fleet are regularly tasked with carrying out missions in regions around the world. Last year, the Varyag was deployed along the Syrian coast, providing air defense for Hmeymim air base, which is being used by Russia in its counterterrorism operation.

Earlier in January, Duterte boarded the Admiral Tributs, a Russian anti-submarine destroyer, when it arrived in Manila on a goodwill tour.

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