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Philippine President Duterte Will Turn to Russia for Guns After US Halts Sales

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 Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 02 Nov 2016 08:45 PM

Relations continue to sour between the U.S. and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who on Wednesday said he would turn to Russia if the U.S. won’t sell him guns.

"They're blackmailing me that they won't sell weapons? We have lots of explosives here," Duterte said according to a report by CNN. "[I] remember what the Russian diplomat said: Come to Russia, we all have here anything you need."

The news follows a report published Tuesday that the U.S. State Department halted the sale of about 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippines after Sen. Ben Cardin said he would contest it because of concerns of human rights abuses in the Philippines.

"If the current trends continue we can expect that over 6,000 people will be dead as a result of extra-judicial killings in the Philippines by the end of this year. 6,000 people," Cardin said in late September. "This is not a situation in which there is occasional error or the over-zealous application of force. This is systematic, wide-spread, brutal, and beyond the bounds for a constitutional democracy."

Duterte has said in the past that he’s open to strengthening ties with Russia. He also recently announced the Philippines’ "separation" from the United States while on a visit to Beijing, where he struck a deal with China to allow Filipino fisherman to operate in the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. China had impeded fishing at Scarborough Shoal since 2013.

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Relations continue to sour between the U.S. and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who on Wednesday said he would turn to Russia if the U.S. won't sell him guns. They're blackmailing me that they won't sell weapons?
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