Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship boosts Russia’s relations with its countries – Ambassador

TASS Russian News Agency | Dec 13, 2019 at 1:14 PM

BANGKOK, December 13. /TASS/. Thailand's chairmanship in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which will be transferred to Vietnam next year, has strengthened the interaction between Russia and the member countries of the organization, Russia's Ambassador to Thailand Evgeny Tomikhin told reporters on Friday.

"The Thai chairmanship has strengthened the interaction between the Russian Federation and ten countries of the bloc," he noted. "Now it's important to step up efforts in terms of fulfilling the strategic partnership," the Ambassador added.

According to Tomikhin, Thailand's chairmanship in ASEAN was very active and successful. "Many events were held, a number of areas were involved - economic cooperation, smart cities. There is no doubt that Thailand is interested in further building not only bilateral ties with our country, but also on the whole of Russian-ASEAN interaction," he explained.

The diplomat expressed hope that in the future the SCO - ASEAN and EAEU - ASEAN platforms will be more actively used.

"We actively invite Thai friends to take a closer look at the Far Eastern part of Russia in order to explore the possibility of implementing some major projects," Tomikhin said. "The largest investor is CP Group, which implements a number of projects in several regions, mainly in agriculture. Their total investment is approaching $2 bln. This year they decided to take a closer look at the Far East, and a group has already been sent there to study opportunities," the diplomat added. According to him, partners from Thailand may be offered projects in the field of development and modernization of infrastructure.

The ambassador emphasized that Thailand "remains an important partner of Russia in the international arena." "The Russian Federation is determined to expand cooperation with the kingdom in various fields," he said, adding that a political dialogue is being maintained. "There are many joint projects in the works," the diplomat added.