Duterte tours Russian guided missile cruiser "Varyag"
President Rodrigo Duterte boarded on Friday the Russian guided missile cruiser "Varyag" anchored in the Port of Manila.
Duterte, accompanied by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo, toured the ship.
"The Russians are with me, I shall not be afraid," said Duterte as he was joined by the Russians during the photo opportunity.
Malacanang statement said that Duterte first went to the upper deck where the short-range anti-missile rocket system is placed.
He also went to the bow where the ship's main weapon or the long distance anti-ship missile and anti-aircraft carrier are located.
The President also went to the ship museum as well as the Admiral's room for the guest book signing.
Duterte is set to visit Moscow next month upon the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He first met with Putin in November at the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Lima, Peru.
Duterte earlier declared that he wants to forge closer ties with Russia and China.
In January, the president also visited the Russian large anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs, which also anchored in the country for a goodwill visit. Celerina Monte/DMS