Duterte Tells Trump He Fears Kim Jong Un 'Might Just Go Crazy'

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"President Rodrigo Duterte is toured at the Russian Guided Missile Cruiser" Varyag" docked at Pier 15 of the Port of Manila on April 21, 2017 for a 4-day goodwill visit to the Philippines.

Duterte met late Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said he is counting on Russia to supply weapons for the Philippines to fight terrorism.

Duterte says he does not want his country dragged into a potential USA confrontation with China.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said he informed his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, of Duterte's decision to fly home early to deal with the crisis. "Just take care of yourself, and we will take care of North Korea", he added.

To sustain the Philippine's economic growth, Duterte said that they seek to find responsible economic partners to become allies in development.

"So, they don't want to interfere, just as they don't like and hate it when other countries interfere in Russia's affairs", Sorreta said. But on May 2, after the phone call, Duterte's spokesman, Ernesto Abella, said Trump was very much aware of the criticism of Duterte, but had praised him for "doing a great job considering the weight and the enormity of the conditions in the Philippines".

"The context was not threatening each other, that we will go to war".

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Contrastingly, he has reached out to China and Russian Federation - whose leaders he met recently - in a dramatic shift in foreign policy for the Philippines, Washington's longtime treaty ally.

"Overdependence on traditional partners has limited our room to manoeuvre in a very dynamic worldwide arena". Duterte in response threatened to break off military ties with Washington. He earlier challenged the European Union to stop its assistance after the bloc warned that the Philippines risked losing tariff-free exports to Europe due to the thousands of people killed in Duterte's drug crackdown, and government moves to revive the death penalty.

"They're blackmailing me that they won't sell weapons?"

Mr Duterte, 72, known internationally for waging a war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives, had said on many occasions since becoming president a year ago that he was prepared to declare martial law nationally as well as in Mindanao.

The Philippines' relations with the US has apparently been tainted after Trump's predecessor, former US President Barack Obama, expressed worry over Duterte's brutal crackdown on illegal drugs that resulted in the deaths of thousands of individuals. "I mean, growing up watching James Bond movies, the villains were either an evil Russian scientist or some lovely nubile Russian assassin", Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said on Monday.

Both leaders ended the call and later, the White House stated Trump enjoyed the conversation and extended Duterte an invite to join him in Washington.