Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin of Thailand has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to pay an official visit to Thailand in 2024. The invitation came during their recent meeting in Beijing, where they discussed President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Both leaders acknowledged the long-lasting friendship between Russia and Thailand, which has led to successful trade and cultural exchanges over more than a century. They emphasized economic cooperation and tourism.
The Prime Minister mentioned Thailand’s decision to extend visa-free stays for Russian visitors from 30 to 90 days, which President Putin appreciated as a boost to the economy.
Prime Minister Srettha mentioned that President Putin has a liking for Phuket and invited him to visit officially next year. President Putin accepted the invitation, and the visit date will be announced soon.
Government spokesman Chai Wacharonke noted that both leaders are committed to enhancing cooperation, especially in cultural and sports areas. They declared 2024 as the “Year of Cultural and Tourism Exchanges” between Thailand and Russia, following the Thai cabinet’s decision to extend visa exemptions for Russian visitors in light of the increasing number of Russian tourists.
They also discussed potential collaborations in national security and trade. These agreements aim to strengthen their relationship and promote cooperation on multiple fronts.
President Putin’s upcoming visit to Thailand in 2024 holds the promise of bolstering diplomatic ties, strengthening economic partnerships, and encouraging cultural exchanges between the two nations, reflecting the enduring friendship between Russia and Thailand.