The Philippines and Russia have agreed to work together to foster military cooperation.
The Defense Department of the two countries met in Moscow, Russia on November 7 to sign the Terms of Reference of the Joint Working Group (JWG) between the Philippine and Russian military.
Spokesman of the Department of National Defense (DND) Arsenio Andolong confirmed the meeting. According to Andolong, the agreement was in accordance with the 2017 Agreement on Defense Cooperation between the Department of National Defense (DND) of the Republic of the Philippines and the Ministry of Defense (MOD) of the Russian Federation.
Andolong said that the meeting was made to finalize the military cooperation activities for 2019. Among those activities include high-level exchanges, port visits of navy vessels, attendance in conferences/fora, general staff consultations, cooperation and security consultations, reciprocal visits of delegations and observers for military training activities, and education and training exchanges.
Present in attendance for the meeting was Defense Assistant Secretary Teodoro Cirilo T. Torralba III as the Philippines contingent while Colonel Maxim Vladimirovich Penkin, Head of the 5th Department of the Main Directorate of the International Military Cooperation, led the Russian side.
Both Russia and the Philippines have already engaged in port visits of navy vessels this year. The Philippine Navy vessel BRP Tarlac made a historic port call to Vladivostok, Russia last October 1. A Russian navy contingent docked on the South Harbor in Manila last June.