Russia expressed it will engage with and assist the Philippines in finding other fuel sources in the wake of escalating oil costs and limited options.
Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Marat Pavlov stated Russia is “ready to collaborate” with the Philippines on fuel sourcing after a courtesy call on President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Following Pavlov’s meeting with Marcos Jr., he said in a report by the Philippine Star that “the Russian Federation could extend its hand to help the Philippines in much-needed oil, gas, and other sources of [energy]”.
Because the Philippines imports gas from other countries, fuel prices in Manila follow global trends.
Fuel costs were expected to rise much more in the coming weeks, according to the Energy Department.
They also briefly discussed the Russia-Ukraine conflict, according to Pavlov, but the president-elect intends to maintain an autonomous foreign policy and “cooperate” with the Russian Federation.
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