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Thai PM arrives in Sochi to meet with Putin at Russia-ASEAN summit

May 19, 2016, 11:54 UTC+3 SOCHI

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha arrives in Sochi to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin later today at the Russia-ASEAN summit

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha

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SOCHI, May 19. /TASS/. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha has arrived in Sochi to participate in the Russia-ASEAN summit that kicks off today. He will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin later today.

Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said that Putin and Prayut will discuss the condition and prospects of bilateral cooperation in trade and economic, military-technical and humanitarian spheres, as well as agree on ways to expand cooperation. Ushakov said that next year Russia and Thailand will celebrate the 120th anniversary of establishing bilateral diplomatic relaitons.

On Wednesday the Thai prime minister met with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in St. Petersburg. They discussed key issues of bilateral trade and economic cooperation. After the meeting, they signed several documents, including an inter-governmental agreement on military cooperation.

Thailand’s prime minister told TASS in an interview earlier that Russia "plays a big role by contributing to peace and prosperity in Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific." "I have no doubt that the jubilee Russia-ASEAN summit will facilitate multilateral cooperation between ASEAN and Russia and will lay a path toward strategic partnership between the two sides," Prayut said.

Russia-ASEAN summit

The Russia-ASEAN summit has kicked off in Sochi today, and it is the biggest international event in Russia in 2016. The summit is held under the slogan "Towards Strategic Partnership for the Sake of the Common Good."

The summit is expected to adopt a declaration that will lay the basis for an action plan of Russia-ASEAN cooperation in the political, economic and cultural spheres, as well as in the sphere of security.

Russia has been a dialog partner of ASEAN since July 1996. Similar partnership summits are normally held on the territory of member-states and the choice of Sochi as venue for the Russia-ASEAN summit on the partnership’s 20th anniversary is symbolic.

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