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President Duterte accepts rifles, multi-purpose vehicles from Russia

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte inspects the AK-74M Kalashnikov Rifles donated by the Russian Federation during the ceremonial turnover at Pier 15 in Port Area, Manila on October 25, 2017. Also in the photo are Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Russian Federation Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, October 25, witnessed the handover of military equipment by the Russian Federation to the Philippines.

The Chief Executive also visited the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Pantaleev docked at Pier 15, Port of Manila.

Duterte toured the shipboard main alley, air defense platform, main artillery unit, and the wardroom.

Following his tour, the President then witnessed the signing of the certificate of donation.

It was signed by Russia’s Major General Aleksandr Kshimovskiy, the Director for Main Department for the International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defense and Philippines’ Department of National Defense Undersecretary Raymundo DV. Elefante.

The President then inspected the military equipment donated by Russia.

These are 20 units of Ural-4320 multi-purpose vehicles; 5,000 units of AK-74M Kalashnikov assault rifles, one million units 1943-type cartridges with steel core bullets; and 5,000 units of steel helmets.

The donation for the government forces was announced by the President earlier this month.

President Duterte embarked on an official visit to Russia in May which he said was productive despite being cut short.

Duterte also visited the Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag in April and the Russian large anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs in January.###PND