The President also extended his gratitude forRussia for its timely delivery of weapons and other equipment which helpeddefeat the Islamic State-linked militants in Marawi./PN “Ang sabiniya ay inimbitahan siya ni Russian President at tinanggap na niya. Ia-announce niya na lang kung ano ang mangyayari doon,”Panelo added. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo saidDuterte accepted Putin’s invitation to visit Moscow on the first week ofOctober. President Rodrigo Duterte first visited Russia on May 2017 but he was forced to return home due to the deadly clashes between government troops and Islamic State-linked militants in Marawi City. MALACAÑANG PHOTO MANILA – After his first state visit was cutshort two years ago, President Rodrigo Duterte is set to return to Russia earlynext month after President Vladimir Putin invited him. “When you visit a country other than yours, itmeans you are trying to improve the relations. It could mean further improvedrelations between the two countries,” he said. Duterte first visited Russia on May 2017 buthe was forced to return home due to the deadly clashes between governmenttroops and Islamic State-linked militants in Marawi City. Duterte revitalized the country’s economic anddefense relations with Russia as he deplored the interference from otherwestern powers on local affairs.