MANILA, 17 May 2018 — The strengthening of security cooperation between the Philippines and the Russian Federation will be the main objective when an interagency delegation composed of officials of the national security sector, led by the National Security Adviser and Director General of the National Security Council (NSC) Secretary Hermogenes Esperon Jr., flies to Moscow to hold bilateral meetings with their Russian counterparts on May 18-19, 2018.
The bilateral discussions build on the successful efforts of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in solidifying Philippines-Russia diplomatic relations along President Rodrigo Duterte’s independent foreign policy when he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the same city last May 15.
Secretary Esperon will meet with Secretary Nikolay Patruchev of the Security Council of the Russian Federation (SCRF) particularly to follow through on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on security cooperation between the NSC and SCRF that was signed in May 2017.
Others in the Philippine delegation who shall also meet with their Russian counterparts are senior officials representing the Department of National Defense (DND), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP). They are expected to explore cooperation mechanisms on information exchange, capacity-building, training, and other matters that are mutually beneficial to both nations. [NSA]