Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he had received support from Russia and China when he complained to them about the United States, in another broadside that could test his increasingly fragile alliance with Washington.
Duterte said that during a meeting on the sidelines of a leaders' summit in Laos last month, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had agreed with him when he railed against the United States.
"I met with Medvedev, I am revealing it to you now," Duterte said in a speech. "I told him this is the situation: They are giving me a hard time, they are disrespecting me; they are shameless." He said: 'That is really how the Americans are.' He said: 'We will help you.'"
Duterte gave no further details about the nature of his complaints.
His ire towards the United States has intensified since U.S. President Barack Obama said he would raise concerns about Duterte's deadly war on drugs.