October 11, 2016 / 8:21 AM / 10 months ago

Philippines' Duterte aims to visit Russia after Japan

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his speech at the Beit Yaacov Synagogue, The Jewish Association of the Philippines in Makati city, metro Manila, Philippines October 4, 2016.Aaron Favila/Pool/Files

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will probably visit Russia after a trip to Japan, he said on Tuesday.

Duterte, who is visiting Brunei, China and Japan this month, has said he would like to "open alliance" with China and Russia, which have historic rivalries with the United States.

"I will go to Japan, then probably I will go to Russia," Duterte told newly appointed government officials in a speech.

Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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