The Russian destroyer, Admiral Tributs and sea tanker Boris Butoma have arrived in the Philippines to conduct military training exercises in an unprecedented navy-to-navy contact between the two countries.

The warships arrived in the region on Tuesday as Russian Navy rear-Admiral Eduard Mikhailov proclaimed a joint mission between Manila and Moscow to target the regions two most pressing security concerns, maritime piracy and terrorism.

Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte signaled a drastic shift from long standing ties with the U.S. as Manila seeks to bolster relations with traditional U.S. rivals China and Russia. Maintaining regional cooperation with other South China Sea partners, such as Malaysia and Vietnam is crucial for ensuring the stability in the mineral rich region.

Sputnik / AA Magnum News 2017.

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