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MOSCOW, October 27 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Foreign Ministry insistently advises Russian tourists against visiting Bangkok because of floods closing in on the city, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.
“Our insistent recommendation for those who plan trips to Thailand is to avoid Bangkok. There are options to fly directly to island resorts,” the spokesman stressed.
“By the present moment, the embassy does not confirm reports about Russian nationals injured as a result of floods,” he noted. “The Russian diplomatic mission remains in constant touch with the centre for fight against natural calamities, as well as with representatives of government agencies and police with an aim to get timely information about possible victims among Russian nationals and reports on the development of the situation,” he added.
“According to our embassy in Bangkok, as of yesterday and this morning, the situation in Thailand remained very tense, and was aggravated by partial flooding,” he noted.
“By the present moment northern districts of Bangkok are hit by floods, and a number of central streets of the city, including the popular among tourists Royal Palace and adjacent temple facilities, are under the threat of being flooded,” Lukashevich said.
He said Don Muang Airport servicing domestic flights was temporarily closed on October 25. “There is information that the business centre of the city, where the Russian Embassy is also situated, may be partially flooded within the next few days. So far these are assumptions, although the situation develops very quickly and alarmingly,” the diplomat stressed.
“Telephone calls to the embassy are mainly made to get information,” the diplomat continued. “Our fellow countrymen are mainly interested in the situation on main coastal resorts of the Kingdom – the city of Pattaya, the islands of Phuket and Samui. The situation there is calm so far,” he said.