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Russian corvette conducts drills with Chinese warships in Philippine Sea, TASS reports

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Russian corvette conducts drills with Chinese warships in Philippine Sea, TASS reports
(1st UPDATE) 'The Pacific Fleet Sovershennyi corvette, together with a detachment of PLA Navy warships... conducted training to inspect a suspicious vessel during a joint naval patrol in the Philippine Sea,' TASS cites the press service as saying

A Russian Sovershennyi corvette and Chinese warships conducted training exercises while patrolling in the Philippine Sea, Russia’s TASS state news agency reported, citing the Russian Pacific Fleet press services.

“The Pacific Fleet Sovershennyi corvette, together with a detachment of PLA (People’s Liberation Army) Navy warships… conducted training to inspect a suspicious vessel during a joint naval patrol in the Philippine Sea,” TASS cited the press service as saying.

“During the episode of inspecting a suspicious vessel, Russian and Chinese naval sailors worked out an algorithm for joint actions.”

No details were given on the origin of the “suspicious vessel.”

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said it had “received reports of a bilateral China-Russia exercise in the Philippine Sea. What they do in the high seas is being monitored.”

The statement said the AFP was “committed to ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. We will continue to monitor this situation to ensure PH sovereign rights are not violated.”

“We emphasize the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the region and urge all parties to adhere to  international laws and norms,” the AFP added. – with reports from Reuters/Rappler.com 

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