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No turning back for Philippines on US alliance

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit in Lima, Peru.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit in Lima, Peru. ROBINSON NINAL JUNIOR/PPD/HANDOU

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at western "bullying” and "hypocrisy” during his first meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

He said when it came to alliances, the United States could not be trusted.

In talks with Mr Putin during an Asia-Pacific summit in Lima, Peru, Mr Duterte held nothing back in his views about major powers such as the US.

His stance suggests he is sticking to his guns on re-aligning foreign policy away from Washington, despite his warm words for incoming US president, Donald Trump.

"Historically, I have been identified with the western world. It was good until it lasted,” he told the Russian leader.

"And of late, I see a lot of these western nations bullying small nations. And not only that, they are into so much hypocrisy,” he said, according to a transcript of Saturday's meeting provided by his office.

Mr Putin congratulated Mr Duterte on his May election win and said he had done a lot in a very short time to build trust and confidence between Russia and the Philippines.



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