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    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov and Filipino National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana agreed Monday that increased bilateral military cooperation would benefit security in the Asia-Pacific region, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the statement, Antonov stressed that Russia and Philippines face common challenges, namely, terrorism.

    "The parties acknowledged that the development of Russian-Filipino military ties will serve the interests of strengthening security in the Asia-Pacific Region," the Defense Ministry said in a statement, following a meeting between Antonov and Lorenzana.

    The statement added, that on his part, Lorenzana informed Antonov on the Philippines' actions, conducted to fight the terrorist threat.

    In October, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his country could build a defense and economic alliance with Russia and China.

    On November 20, Duterte said he planned to send defense and foreign ministers to prepare for his visit to Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.


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