President Duterte is excited to see Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Laos next week.
Duterte said he is looking forward to meet Putin than President Barack Obama who will also be meeting.
Like Putin, Duterte has been known as a strong president for his stance against illegal drugs. He also unleashed tirades against the United States for meddling in local affairs and condemning alleged human right violations during his two-month okd office.
Putin has been described as a “dictator” by political opponent, Garry Kasparov, as a “bully” and “arrogant” by former U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinto and as “self-centered” and “isolationist” by the Dalai Lama Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger writes that the West has demonized Putin.
Putin has enjoyed very high domestic and foreign approval ratings throughout his career. In 2007, he was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.
In 2015, he was designated #1 on the Time’s most influential In 2013, 2014, and 2015, he was ranked first on the Forbes List of The Worlds’s Most Powerful People.