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16 Nov, 2014

Sanctions on Russia: Europe’s loss, Thailand’s gain

November 12, 2014, at 2230hrs (local time), Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, had a bilateral talk with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of the Russian Federation during his attendance at the 25th ASEAN Summit in Naypyidaw, Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Capt. Yongyuth Mayalarp, M.D., Government Spokesperson, revealed gist of the meeting as follows:

The Prime Minister commended Thailand-Russia relations which is at an excellent level, and will mark its 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2017. Since Thailand is a popular destination for Russian tourists, PM Prayut reaffirmed that the country remained safe to the tourists, and Thai Government has put in effort in ensuring safety for foreign tourists.

PM Prayut also thanked Russia for increasing its import of Thai food and agricultural products, especially vegetables and canned food. He hoped that Russia would open its market for more products from Thailand in order to push for double trade value between the two countries to reach 10 billion US$ within 2016. In addition, PM Prayut invited Russian business sector to take part in Thailand’s infrastructure and logistics development projects.

The Prime Minister of Russia also commended long lasting relations between the two countries which have been continuously developed in various aspects as Thailand is a major ally of Russia in the region. He agreed to push for double trade value between the two countries to reach 10 billion US$ within 2016, and closely strengthen cooperation in energy, tourism, and cultural exchange.

The Prime Minister of Russia endorsed trade and investment cooperation with Thailand, and pledged to open Russian market for more products from the country. He also called for Thai-Russian Join Committee to hold a meeting soon, and invite PM Prayut to visit Russia at his convenient timing.