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PM leaves for visit to Russia

The Prime Minister has left for an official visit to the Russian Federation with aims to increase trade ties and sign a range of memoranda of understanding.

Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha led a delegation of officials to Russia today for a visit that will extend until May 19. It is the first mission by a Thai Prime Minister to Russia in 11 years and will see the Thai PM meet his Russian counterpart to discuss military ties, economic partnership, energy cooperation and education and cultural exchanges. The premier is also to sign Thailand on to the Eurasia Economic Union free trade agreement.

Gen Prayuth is to witness the signing of 9 to 11 memoranda of understanding ranging from state ties to military cooperation. Three of the memoranda will be signed by private sector organizations such as the Anti-Money Laundering Organization.

On May 19, the PM will take part in the ASEAN-Russia leader’s summit, which will mark 20 years of ties between the bloc and the nation. The premier will use the opportunity to meet and hold a discussion with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

NNT

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