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Philippines needs modern arms to fight ISIS, Duterte tells Putin
May 23, 2017 / 8:56 PM / 2 months ago

Philippines needs modern arms to fight ISIS, Duterte tells Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, May 23, 2017.Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told Russian leader Vladimir Putin that the Philippines needs modern arms to fight Islamic State and that he expected Russian support.

Duterte also said he had to halt his visit to Moscow and return home as there was still fighting with ISIS's militants there.

Putin said he hoped the conflict in the Philippines would be resolved "with minimum losses". He also said there were the prospects for economic and military cooperation between Moscow and Manila.

Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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