Diplomatic relations between Manila and Moscow took a big step forward on Thursday (5 January) when the first Soviet Ambassador to the Philippines, Mr.
Diplomatic relations between Manila and Moscow took a big step forward on Thursday (5 January) when the first Soviet Ambassador to the Philippines, Mr. Valerian Michailov, presented his credentials to President Ferdinand Marcos.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony at Malacanang Palace in Manila was the climax to a three year effort to normalise relations between the two countries. Diplomatic ties were established in June 1976, but the exchange of ambassadors was delayed because of differences over the size of each mission.
"In presenting today my credentials I would like to assure your excellency that all my experience as ambassador will be aimed at successful development of friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation."
In reply, President Marcos said the Philippines adhered to the same policy and would pursue with vigour the development of economic and trade relations with all socialist countries. The normalisation of relations with the communist countries of Europe and Asia has been a key element in the Filipino foreign policy over the past few years. Last month during a state visit to Manila by the East German leader Erich Hoenicker, President Marcos signed an agreement for mutual economic cooperation. On Friday (6 January) the Filipino leader met Vietnam's Foreign Minister, Nguyen Duy Trinh, for talks on improving trade links between the tow countries.