On February 28, 2017, the Russian Armed Forces Day also known as the «Defender of the Fatherland Day» was celebrated at a gala reception in Bangkok’s luxurious «Mandarin Oriental» hotel.
Representatives of the command of all branches of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, executives of the Ministry of Defence of Thailand, Defence Attachés of many countries in Bangkok were among the guests. Bouquets of flowers were received from the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Thailand H.E. General Prawit Wongsuwan, the Chief of Defence Forces of the Royal Thai Armed Forces H.E. General Surapong Suwana-adth, the Commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army H.E. General Chalernchai Sitthisad, the Commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy H.E. Admiral Na Arreenich and the Permanent Secretary for Defence, Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Thailand H.E. General Chaichan Changmongkol.
Colonel Andrei Alekseev, Defence Attaché of Russia in Thailand in his welcoming speech expressed his hope that men in uniform would never have to use their professional skills and knowledge in practice.
The guests of the reception had a chance to taste traditional Russian cuisine, enjoyed music played by pianist virtuoso Mr. Ivan Sharapov and watched a video presentation about the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.