Russian pacific flagship docks in Manila for goodwill visit

UNTV News and Rescue

MANILA – Guided Missile Cruiser Varyag, the flagship of the Russian Pacific Fleet, has docked in Manila on Thursday for a four-day goodwill visit.

The ship’s captain Alexsie Ulayanenko said he hopes to make the port call a significant contribution to the strengthening of friendship and cooperation between Russia and the Philippines.

The vessel’s crew will hold a concert and open the missile cruiser to the Filipino public over the weekend.

A Russian destroyer previously made a port call in Manila in January as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seeks closer ties with Moscow.

“On behalf of the crew of the Guided Missile Cruiser Varyag and Tanker Pechenga, I would like to once again extend my greetings to all our Philippine friends and partners. I’m assuring you that we will do everything to make this port call a significant contribution to the strengthening of our friendship and cooperation of our two nations, in the interest of peace and security in the region,” Capt. Ulyanenko said. — UNTV News & Rescue

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