Malacañang Golf (MALAGO) Clubhouse, Malacañang Park, Manila
October 14, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte received His Excellency Igor A. Khovaev, outgoing Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Philippines, in a farewell call at the Malacañang Golf (MALAGO) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila.

The Chief Executive conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the Rank of Datu (Grand Cross) to the outgoing Russian Ambassador who ends his five-year diplomatic assignment to the country.

During his post, several agreements were made that boosted bilateral relations between the two nations. These were in the areas of trade and economy, science and technology, defense cooperation, culture and other economic cooperation projects, among others.

Likewise, the Russian Federation has expressed its support to aid the Philippines in its fight against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) through a possible manufacturing and distribution of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go (Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations) and Assistant Secretary Ma. Amelita Aquino of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) – Office of European Affairs attended the event.

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