Russia Donates Kalashinov Rifles, Other Military Equipment To Ph
Ringo | On 25, Oct 2017
The ties between Russia and Philippines are now getting stronger. Russia just donated several pieces of military equipment to the Philippines.
During his tour of the Russian anti-submarine ship Admiral Pantaleyev, President Rodrigo Duterte himself accepted the donations from Russia, which is composed of 5,000 units of AK-47M Kalashnikov rifles, 20 multi-purpose vehicles, 1 million pieces of ammunition, and 5,000 steel helmets.
Since assuming the presidency, Duterte toured China and Russia, seeking alliances. It’s quite a conflict because Philippines has been a long ally of U.S.A., which is considered rival of the two countries.
Duterte has been vocal about his desire of procuring firearms from Russia, especially when it was reported that the U.S. State Department had stopped its firearms sale to the Philippines.
Just recently, China donated over 3,000 units of assault rifles to the Philippines, which, according to Department of National Defense (DND) secretary Delfin Lorenzana, are to be distributed to the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
US Ambassador Sung Kim said the USA remained unfazed by the donation.
“I’m not really threatened by this notion that China or Russia are providing some military equipment to the Philippines,” said Kim.
“We have been providing very important equipment to the Philippines for many, many years. The fact that the Chinese and the Russians have provided some rifles, I’m not sure is really such a cause for concern for the United States,” he added.