Russian, Philippine foreign ministers to discuss bilateral ties
( RIA Novosti ) - The foreign ministers of Russia and the Philippines will hold bilateral economic cooperation talks Friday focusing on energy in the Philippine capital, Manila.
At the meeting Alberto Romulo, who last visited Russia in October 2005, and Russia's Sergei Lavrov are also expected to sign an intergovernmental agreement on facilitating travel for diplomats and officials, and an interdepartmental agreement on countering drug trafficking.
Lavrov has been in Manila since Monday for international talks focused on Southeast Asian nations. The country hosted the annual ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) summit from July 30 to August 2.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said bilateral trade between the two countries totaled $370 million in 2005, with Russian exports and imports accounting for $325 million and $45 million, respectively.
Russia and the Philippines established diplomatic relations on June 2, 1976. The last visit of a Russian foreign minister to the Philippines was in December 2002.