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Duterte cease to visit Russia for fighting with IS in the Philippines

Duterte cease to visit Russia for fighting with IS in the Philippines

The Philippine president Rodrigo Durterte breaks down his visit to Russia because of the current fighting in his own country. Duterte has also Russia for aid and weapons in the fight against Islamic State (IS).

Duterte has for sixty days the state of emergency was declared in the southern island of Mindanao, where the city of Marawi. Filipino overheidstroepen are since Tuesday in the fight a hit with members of the Maute, a to IS a related organization. Three persons were killed, twelve others are injured.

Armed men have the local hospital taken over, and would black flag have lifted, that resembles the flag that IS used. Other eyewitnesses report that the prison and a secondary school are being attacked.

Russian president Vladimir Putin hopes that the conflict is solved “with a minimum number of victims”. According to him, there are possibilities for economic and military cooperation between the countries.

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