Russia-Thailand military ties a factor of stability in Asia — ambassador

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To gain military ties between Moscow and Bangkok will help boost regional security and stability in the Asia-Pacific, Russian Ambassador to Thailand Kirill Barskiy suggested on March 20.

The recent visit to Thailand of Oleg Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Land Forces, was a “part of the practical implementation of the agreement signed a year ago,” Barsky mentioned RIA Novosti.

During Salyukov’s visit the Russian Navy was invited to participate in a pass in review that marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN.

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Salyukov also met his counterparts in Thai Army and “inflicted Thai military units, becoming familiar with the daily individual of Thai soldiers and assessing their [Thai army] capabilities”, Barsky denoted.

When asked about progress on military cooperation between the countries, Barsky worried that there is “a long list of our joint projects.”

He explained that Thailand has envisions to import modern weapons and military equipment. The kingdom is also looking at bringing Russian military equipment and servicing Russian military, civilian and dual use aircraft

He told RIA Novosti that military helping hand between Russia and Thailand is one of keys to boosting bilateral relations.

An treaty on military cooperation between Russia and Thailand was signed in May 2016 during Thai Prime Pastor Prayuth Chan-ocha’s meeting with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in St. Petersburg. 

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In 2016 the reciprocity of visits between Russian and Thai military became more recurring. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Thailand, General Pravit Wongsuvan called Russia twice.

Warships of the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet enlisted on Thai ports in 2015 and 2016, Barsky said.

During ASEAN military disturbs in September 2016, Russia party “assisted in the establishment of the ASEAN Center for Military Prescription in Bangkok and still continues to provide assistance,” Barsky added.

Thailand has raised increasingly closer to Russia and China since a coup in May 2014 precipitated the cooling of relations between Bangkok and its traditional Western allies.

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