Russia ready to help Philippines with oil and gas needs: Russian envoy

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo opportunity with HE Marat Pavlov, Ambassador of the Republic of the Russian Federation to the Philippines, during the courtesy visit to the President at Malacañang Palace on June 13, 2022. REY BANIQUET/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Russia has offered help to the Philippines for its energy needs amid soaring gas prices, One News reported.

This follows Russian Ambassador Marat Pavlov’s meeting with President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday June 13, during which he delivered a congratulatory message from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Pavlov told reporters: “During the meeting, we discussed these areas of cooperation and found out that at this turbulent time in our lives, the Russian Federation could reach out to help the Philippines in oil , gas and other much-needed energy sources.”

The envoy added, “So, we are ready to increase our collaboration. And as far as I know, the president-elect has also confirmed the same intention of the Philippine side (and he) would like to continue his independent (foreign) policy. and cooperate with the Russian Federation.”

Like many countries, the Philippines has been hit by a series of oil price hikes triggered largely by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine from early 2022. Commodity prices have soared in consequence, while a new wave of significant increases in oil prices is expected. this week. Diesel prices are expected to increase by 4.30 to 4.50 pesos per liter and gasoline prices by 1.50 to 1.60 pesos per litre.

During the presidential election campaign, Marcos initially maintained a neutral position on the Russian-Ukrainian war. However, he later issued a statement indicating that he was united with the rest of the world in calling on Russia “to respect Ukraine’s freedom and the democratic way of life of its citizens”.


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