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RP, Russian navies to benefit from warships’ visit to Manila

Officials of the Philippine and Russian navies yesterday cited the benefits for both militaries of the routine port calls by Russian warships in Manila.
Yesterday, guided missile cruiser Varyag and large sea tanker Pechenga of the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet arrived at Pier 15 in Manila’s South Harbor for a goodwill visit.
At a briefing, Capt. Alexsei Ulyanenko, commanding officer of Varyag, said the visit is “very important” for the Russians.
“This courtesy call is very important to us,” said Ulyanenko, through an interpreter.
For his part, Capt. Leo Ramon Miado, of the Philippine Navy Fleet, said  the goodwill visit will provide an opportunity for personnel of both navies to interact.
“It’s a training opportunity…we can also view their technology as part of our modernization,”  Miado said.
It will be recalled that President Duterte has ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to consider Russian military equipment for its ongoing modernization program.
On Saturday, the Russian warship will be open for a shipboard tour — scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. while a concert by the Russian Cultural Dancers and Music Ensemble will be held the following day at the Luneta Park.
Earlier, Russian ship Boris Botuma, along with its sister tanker, had also visited Manila for a routine port call.                 

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