The Soviet government, in a message to President Corazon Aquino published Wednesday, said it does not object to the continued presence of U.S. military bases in the Philippines through this century as long as Manila receives adequate compensation from Washington.

Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Kapitsa relayed his government's message to Philippine Ambassador to Moscow Alejandro Melchor after Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev offered in September to dismantle the Soviet military base in Vietnam in exchange for a withdrawal of the U.S. facilities from the Philippines, the newspaper Daily Globe in Manila reported.Gorbachev made the proposal while U.S. and Philippine negotiators were embroiled in protracted discussions over Manila's demand for a substantial increase in American aid as compensation for the maintenance in the Southeast Asian country of the Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval complex, the largest American overseas installations.