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Marcos to keep 'independent policy,' cooperate with Russia —envoy

President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will maintain his "independent policy" in connection with the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Marat Pavlov said Monday.

Pavlov and Marcos discussed the Russia-Ukraine conflict during the former's courtesy visit on the latter.

Russia's attack in Ukraine had prompted sanctions from the international community, including Germany's deferred approval of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, severely affecting the prices of oil globally.

"As far as I understand, President-elect would like to continue his independent policy and he will cooperate with the Russian Federation," Pavlov said.

During the campaign period, Marcos said it is not necessary to take a stand on Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He however said he is worried for the Filipinos who are affected by the conflict.

But later in the campaign, Marcos called on Russia to respect Ukraine's freedom amid the ongoing conflict.

"I appeal for sobriety to prevail, for a peaceful resolution to the on-going armed conflict as I stand united with the rest of the world for Russia to respect Ukraine’s freedom and its citizens’ democratic way of life," Marcos had said in a statement.

At a UN General Assembly, the Philippines voted to condemn Russia's attack against Ukraine. —KBK, GMA News