Russia seeks maritime drills with Philippines, sends two warships to Manila

Russian warships Admiral Tributs and Boris Butoma arrived on Tuesday for a four-day goodwill visit.

By Divya Kishore
Russia has sent two warships to Manila, seeking naval drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, authorities said.
The two ships — Admiral Tributs, an anti-submarine vessel, and a sea tanker Boris Butoma — arrived in Manila on Tuesday, 3 January, on a four-day goodwill visit. The crew of the vessels is expected to exhibit anti-terrorism capability and hold talks, Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov, head of the Flotilla of the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet, said.
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