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"It enabled us to find out how to organize a carrier battle group exercise and to test the training levels of our sailors and pilots,” the unit’s commander told state broadcaster CCTV.
The VFA serves as a guide for the conduct of US soldiers while visiting the Philippines and provides rules on joint military exercises between the Philippines and the US.
“We are, we are glad that we are freed from proving anything to the United States. We do not need the money. Bye-bye America and work on the protocols that would eventually move you out from the Philippines. You know, tit for tat. If you know this, if you can do this, so do we. It ain’t a one-way traffic,” he said in a press conference after his return from an official visit to Singapore.
Neither Russia or China want to assume the burden of carrying the Philippines. Regardless, Duterte seems determined to reduce Philippine both dependence on the US and US leverage over the Philippines.
"A trilateral meeting is scheduled to take place in Moscow on 20 December. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by phone to his counterparts from Turkey and Iran. They welcomed the idea," Mikhail Bogdanov, Russian deputy foreign minister and special presidential envoy for the Middle East and Africa, told TASS news agency. According to Bogdanov, the idea "has been discussed for a long time". "We need to talk in a trilateral format primarily about the situation in Syria and around it," Bogdanov said.
Talks with the Syrian opposition. He also said that the Syrian sides should be encouraged to "come to the negotiating table and agree on a stable ceasefire, to resolve humanitarian issues, to arrive at a political settlement." "What we have to build on is UN Security Council Resolution 2254," Bogdanov said.