On March 2, 2018 a gala reception on the occasion of the Russian Armed Forces Day also known as the «Defender of the Fatherland Day» was held in the Bangkok’s luxurious «Mandarin Oriental» hotel. This year it was especially solemn as Russia celebrates the 100th Anniversary of creation of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army.
General Haspong Yuvarnarandhana, Deputy Chief of Defence Forces of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, Admiral Luechai Ruddit, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy, Admiral Pichet Tanaset, Chief of Staff of the Royal Thai Navy, representatives of the command of other branches of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, office of the Minister of Defence of Thailand, Defence Attachés of many countries in Bangkok were among the guests.
Bouquets of flowers were received from H.E. General Prawit Wongsuwon, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. General Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan, Chief of Defence Forces of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, H.E. General Chalermchai Sitthisad, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, H.E. Admiral Naris Pratoomsuwan, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy.
The host, Captain Alexander Popkov, Military, Air and Naval Attaché of Russia as always treated numerous guests of the reception with traditional Russian dishes and with infinite variety of Russian vodka of course. Those attended also had a chance to watch a video presentation about the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and Russian military might.