National Day of the Russian Federation
The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world in geographical area, extending from Europe to the Pacific. After the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) underwent a major political transformation in 1991, Russia, under President Boris Yeltsin, struck out on its own without the other states which used to make up the Soviet Union. In 1993, a democratic Constitution was approved.
Russia is one of the world's leading producers of coal and the world's largest producer of iron ore. It ranks high in the production of manganese and other metals such as tin and titanium. It has become the world's largest producer of refined mercury. Russia is not only self-sufficient in the production of mineral fuels; it is also able to export considerable quantities of its production.
The Philippines and the Russian Federation established diplomatic relations in 1976. For the past three decades, the Philippines and Russia have enjoyed friendly and close relations, strengthened by cooperation in the political, economic, and cultural arena.
In 2006, Russia and the Philippines observed 30 years of formal diplomatic relations through an exchange of messages of officials in the mass media and a recognition of initiatives in the fields of politics, economics, culture, and tourism. …