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Russia keen to hold naval exercises in South China Sea

Russia has said it would look into holding naval exercises in the South China Sea with the Philippines, China and Malaysia to counter terrorism and piracy, as a Russian warship arrived in Manila on a “goodwill visit”.

“We really hope that in a few years, military exercises… in your region and the South China Sea will take a very big part for the participants, not only Russia and the Philippines, but also China and Malaysia,” said rear-admiral Eduard Mikhailov, deputy commander of Russia’s Pacific Fleet.

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