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Subic Bay Freeport – Two Russian vessels arrived here on Sunday to deliver the donated military equipment as part of the growing partnership between Russia and the Philippines under the Duterte administration.
By Jonas Reyes
|FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE — Parked and ready to roll out are these Ural 4320 military trucks donated by Russia shown at the Subic Bay Freeport on Sunday. Each of these 20 Ural trucks are loaded with high-powered rifles and bullets donated by Moscow in support of President Duterte’s thrust to battle all forms of threats to security in the Philippines.|
This is the third visit of the Russian naval fleet in Duterte’s term. The Russian Alligator-class Landing Ship 081 “Nikolai Vilkov” and the salvage tug “Foty Krylov” docked at the Alava Wharf and unloaded the donated Ural 4320 military trucks.
The 20 Ural trucks were loaded with 5,000 high-powered rifle and one million bullets that were also donated by Moscow. Road users of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) were left in awe after seeing the Ural trucks rolling down the road beside them yesterday.
According to Russia’s Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain 2nd Rank Nikolai Voskresensky, a group of the Pacific Fleet’s big anti-submarine vessels consisting of Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Panteleyev as well as of the large sea tanker Boris Butoma docked in Manila.
Voskresensky said that the visit takes place as part of the program on the development of international military cooperation.
During the visit of the Russian warships to Manila, Philippine officials, foreign diplomats and local residents will be allowed to take a tour of the large anti-submarine vessel Admiral Panteleyev.
Russia’s visiting naval crew and local navy representatives are also scheduled for friendly sports games, such as football and volleyball, and the Russian guests will also enjoy tourist tours in Manila.
The visit of the Russian Pacific Fleet’s warships to the capital of Philippines is scheduled to last until Thursday.