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on Thursday for joint exercises as part of a drive for new security ties under President Rodrigo Duterte 's revamped foreign policy of courting the traditional foes of Manila's top ally, Washington. The guided-missile cruiser Varyag, accompanied by the fuel tanker ship, Pechenge, are on a four-day goodwill visit to the Philippines , the second port call by Rus sian warships in three months. Russian Navy Commanding Officer Captain Alexsei Ulyanenko, of the guided missile cruiser Varyag, answers questions during a news briefing upon their arrival at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila, April 20, 2017 for a goodwill visit to the Philippines. Photo Credit: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters The move is part of what Duterte describes as a pursuit of a constitutionally mandated "independent foreign policy." He has made no secret of his grudge against the United States and has made befriending R us ...

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