An armed sailor stands guard on a Russian aircraft carrier during a visit to Manila in 2017. Photo: AFP

Russia offers arms technology to the Philippines with ‘no conditions’ as US ties falter

  • Moscow proposes manufacturing light arms and small weapons in the Southeast Asian nation after meeting between presidents Duterte and Putin this month
  • But Philippine defence chief says ‘they are ready but we may not be’
Topic |   The Philippines

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An armed sailor stands guard on a Russian aircraft carrier during a visit to Manila in 2017. Photo: AFP
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.