During break time at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met each other. This was the first time the two of them had a conversation after winning the election.

First of all, Putin congratulated Duterte on winning the election held on May 9. He added that it was also a special day for his fellow countrymen as they celebrated Victory Day on the same day. The said holiday marked the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in World War II back in 1945.

Putin added that the 9th of May for the Russians was indeed a very bright day and that it was a public holiday that commemorates the victory Russia has attained in the great patriotic war over the Nazis’s group. But for Duterte, it was a personal victory. Setting aside the formal talk, Putin then immediately segued to talk about the relationship between their countries, which he found too brief for his liking.

Putin stated that it was the 40th anniversary since diplomatic ties between Russia and the Philippines were established. Historically speaking, it was still a short period of time. He then pointed about Duterte’s achievements as president for a short amount of time when it comes to developing all round partnership between the two countries and promoting greater trust and confidence.

With the statement above, the 71-year old president of Russia sounded a bit apologetic on why the Philippines had neglected to develop a deeper bond with Russia. However, Duterte said that Philippines longs to also be a part of the said country. He even pointed out that the Philippines was also longing to be a part of Europe, especially in terms of commerce and trade around the world.

With the conversation between the president of Russia and the president of the Philippines, would it still be possible to forge a greater bond between the two countries? It would seem possible that the bonds the two countries have would even be stronger depending on how negotiations are being handled. However, if everything should go well, this can provide a wide array of advantages for the Philippines when it comes to economics.