May 23, 2017 / 8:58 PM / 7 months ago

Philippines needs modern arms to fight ISIS, Duterte tells Putin

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.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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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