Russia Philippines Defense Agreement

Discussions are also underway to make the Russian truck brand Kamaz available in the Philippines through the Philippine company Lifetruck International Inc. The signed Memorandum of Understanding calls for the delivery of at least 1,000 trucks by the end of 2020. “In recent times, the parties have provisionally negotiated the supply of dump trucks, long-distance trucking and platforms,” but “they will continue to agree on a specific timetable for the implementation of the project, the Kamaz truck model range for the Philippine market and other activities.” Lifetruck “will in turn support the promotion of Russian trucks. The agreement also provides for the establishment and development of Kamaz`s dealer network and service centres in the Philippines. [8] Lifetruck is listed on Kamaz`s website as the only distributor, distributor and service centre in the Philippines. [9] If Kamaz is in the set of Pres. The construction, the construction of Duterte! Prosper. Can Kamaz`s success encourage other Russian companies to enter the Philippine market? In early February, the Duterte government announced that it was working on a visitor agreement signed with Washington in 1998, which sets the conditions for a joint exercise with U.S. troops in the Philippines. The main beneficiary of President Rodrigo Duterte`s decision to denounce the agreement will be China. The VFA is the operating software for the 1951 U.S.-Philippines mutual defense contract, and without it, the U.S.

military cannot operate legally in the Philippines. A reduced U.S. military presence in the Philippines – no joint exercises, boat tours and support for the capacity building of the Philippine military – will give China a much freer hand to assert its territorial and maritime rights in the Philippines` exclusive economic zone (EEZ). In the worst case scenario, China could turn the Scarborough Shoal claimed by the Philippines into an artificial island where a large military base can be built. First, the agreement itself is not new, but already exists. Lorenzana simply hinted that the Philippines wanted to conclude a military cooperation agreement with Russia under then-President Benigno Aquino III, instead of drawing up and concluding a new pact with Moscow. And as he made clear, it is far, far from the military alliance enjoyed by the Philippines with the United States, based on the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty, which provides for the defense of Manila under certain conditions of Washington, as well as agreements such as the Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) that allows the presence of rotation of American troops and equipment (see “Where is the relationship between the United States and the Philippines under Duterte?”). In the midst of these new developments, we hear from U.S. officials that the Philippines` military sales contracts with Russia will not be used for the U.S.-Philippine alliance.

According to U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver, “the choice of another supplier, such as Russia, will be an opportunity that will undermine interoperability.” He added that the United States can be a better partner than the Russians in the Philippines.