PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has complained to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the “West’s hypocrisy, criticism, bullying of smaller nations, and propensity to start wars.”
In their meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit at Lima, Peru, Duterte ranted against western powers and how they treat small countries like the Philippines.
Later, Putin invited Duterte to visit his country.
Duterte however did not name the United States although he cited the wars in the Korean Peninsula, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Duterte said the unnamed foreign powers “forced the Philippines to contribute soldiers to its wars.” He was referring to the Middle East conflict in the 2000s.
When the Philippines pulled out its troops after a Filipino was kidnapped and threatened with beheading, Duterte said the “West made life difficult for us” economically.
Duterte also told Putin about the Philippines’ drug problems.
Saying he had been looking forward to meeting the Russian leader, Duterte said he wanted to “be a part of Europe.”
Earlier, Putin noted how Duterte achieved victory on a day that coincided with “the great patriotic victory” of the Allied Powers over the Nazis.
Duterte however pointed out that the result of the Cold War pushed the Philippines to the west, and stood between the Philippines and Russia.
“Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally extended an invitation for President Duterte to go to Russia. This will be preceded by a trip that I would undertake there this December,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay later said .
Yasay said that Duterte’s trip to Russia would pave the way for the forging of better relations between the two nations.
“I look forward to an even more optimistic and more closer and more detailed discussions of the President (Duterte) with the head of state of Russia. And that would mark the beginning of our entering into various agreements to achieve our objectives and goals,” he added.