President Rodrigo Duterte will lastly have a one-on-one assembly together with his “idol,” Russian President Vladimir Putin, when he flies to Moscow next week for an official go to.

Assistant Secretary Maria Cleofe Natividad, head of the Department of Foreign Affairs Office of European Affairs, mentioned Duterte’s shall be in Russia from May 23 to 26 on Putin’s invitation.

“It will be the first visit of the President to Russia and we believe it will mark a new chapter in Philippine – Russia relations. We also see this visit as an indication of our strong common desire to enhance and strengthen bilateral relations,” she mentioned at a press briefing in Malacañang Friday (May 19).

Duterte will maintain a bilateral assembly with Putin on May 25 and one other comparable occasion scheduled with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The President and Putin had met on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Lima, Peru final November. They had been additionally seated beside one another throughout the gala dinner of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China earlier this month.

While in Russia, Duterte and Putin will witness the signing of a number of agreements, together with these on protection cooperation, navy and technical cooperation, extradition, and mutual authorized help on prison issues.

He can be scheduled to converse on the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

“In that event, we expect the President to articulate his administration’s commitment to pursue an independent foreign policy that is anchored foremost on national interest considerations,” Natividad mentioned.

A gathering with the Filipino neighborhood in Russia has additionally been penciled into the President’s schedule, she added.

Duterte can even be touring to St. Petersburg to go to a navy shipyard and attend a enterprise discussion board