Russia docks vessel in Philippines amid escalated tensions on South China Sea

For the second time in 2019 Russia has docked its vessels in the Philippines for a goodwill visit amid escalated tension in the disputed South China Sea.

According to Philippines government hundreds of Chinese vessels have been lately spotted around Thitu Island in the Spratly chain, which is claimed by Beijing but controlled by Manila.

Last week Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte warned the Chinese government to leave the island or else face military action to any Chinese aggression.

He said, “Let us be friends, but do not tough Pagasa Island and the rest… If you make moves there, that’s a different story. I will tell my soldiers. Prepare for suicide mission.”

Philippines News Agency revealed large, anti-submarine ships equipped with a large seaR tanker were docked Monday morning in Manila.

Russia and Philippines are due to sign a naval cooperation agreement later this year and to involve more joint training exercises.

Currently Philippines and US are undergoing annual Balikatan joint exercises and it is to finish on April 12.

According to Philippines government hundreds of Chinese vessels have been lately spotted around Thitu Island in the Spratly chain, which is claimed by Beijing but controlled by Manila

Russia and China too on the other hand are lately moving closer together with joint military drills and signing economic deals. Both the nations claim their relationships are at their best level.

Philippines and China are two of several countries claiming large portions of the South China Sea.

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