PM agrees to Russian visit, encourages stronger bilateral ties

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MANILA – The Prime Minister has accepted an invitation from Russia to visit the country and strengthen bilateral ties, marking 120 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Major General Weerachon Sukhontapatipak revealed that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha met with his Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Manila, Philippines.

Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev & Thailand Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha

Gen Prayut accepted an invitation to visit Russia in May 2016, marking 120 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Russia. The two prime ministers also agreed that at the beginning of next year, there would be a meeting in Russia of deputy prime ministers and ministers related to economic and national security affairs. The meetings would draft trade and investment agreements to be finalized and signed during Gen Prayut’s visit in May.

The Thai Prime Minister took this opportunity to affirm with Mr. Medvedev that Thailand and Russia would establish closer ties in all areas, from the economy, energy security, and agricultural trade, to national defense and security intelligence.