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Tour operators suspend trips to Bangkok over riots

November 26, 2013, 16:32 UTC+3 BANGKOK
Diplomat notes: we can only recommend our citizens not to visit Bangkok; they make a decision on expediency of their trip themselves
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BANGKOK, November 26, 15:23 /ITAR-TASS/. Tour operators organizing trips to the Thai capital fulfilll recommendations of the Russian embassy asking tourists to refrain from travelling to Bangkok, the head of the Russian embassy’s consular department, Andrei Dvornikov, told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

“We can only recommend our citizens not to visit Bangkok,” he said. “They make a decision on expediency of their trip themselves. However, tour operators organizing tours to Bangkok from the resorts of Pattaya and Phuket, as a rule, monitor such reports and decide on their own to suspend tours on this route.”

Dvornikov confirmed that no Russians sought embassy assistance over anti-governmental riots in Bangkok.

“Political tensions affect the city, but the situation is far from being critical,” he said, adding that recommendations had no time frame and would depend on how the political situation in Thailand would develop.

Earlier in the day the Russian embassy in Thailand issued a statement recommending Russian tourists to avoid trips to Bangkok, except for transfers to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The embassy’s public relations officer, Alexander Mrykin, told Itar-Tass that the situation in Thailand’s tourist zone remained calm and caused no concern.

According to the Russian diplomatic mission, over 400,000 people participated in anti-governmental protests in Bangkok on Monday.

On Tuesday, Thai opposition leaders continued their protests. Hundreds of protesters encircled the ministries of agriculture, transport, interior affairs, tourism and sport. Staff of the ministries was evacuated. The riots encompassed Bangkok’s historical part, which caused traffic jams. At the same time traffic on the road to Suvarnabhumi Airport located closer to Pattaya, aside from Bangkok, is not blocked.

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