Political interaction between Russia and Thailand, including that on highest and high levels, embraces wide agenda in bilateral as well as multilateral formats.
An important milestone in the development of the Russian-Thai political dialogue was the first ever visit to Thailand of the head of the Russian state – the State Visit of H.E. Mr. Vladimir V. Putin, President of the Russian Federation, in October 2003, back to back with his participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) Leaders Week in Bangkok.
In July 2007, H.M. Queen Sirikit of Thailand paid the return State Visit to Russia as Representative of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Her Majesty’s visit was also marked by the festivities on the occasion of 110th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Siam (Thailand).
Other members of the Thai Royal Family are also often guests of our country: H.R.H. Princess Galayani Wattana, the late sister of the King of Thailand (in 1975 and 1989), H.R.H. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (in 1989, 2007 and 2008), H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (in 1993), H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol (in 2011 and 2012).
Prime minister of Thailand H.E. Mr. Thaksin Shinavatra visited Russia in 2002 and 2006. His sister, Prime minister of Thailand Mrs. Yingluck Shinavatra met H.E. Mr. Vladimir V. Putin on the sidelines of APEC Leaders Week in Vladivostok (Russia) in September 2012.
On November 12, 2014 the meeting between H.E. Mr. Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation and H.E. Gen. (Rtd) Prayuth Chan-o-cha was held on the sidelines of the East Asian Summit in Naypyidaw (Myanmar). On April 7-8, 2015, H.E. Mr. Dmitry Medvedev paid an official visit to Thailand.
Since 1987, we witness regular contacts and exchange of visits by foreign ministers of two countries. To commemorate the Centennial Jubilee of the establishment of diplomatic relations H.E. Mr. Evgeny Primakov, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, paid an official visit to Thailand. H.E. Mr. Igor Ivanov in his capacity of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia visited Thailand twice in 2000 and in 2003. In 2002 Russia was visited by H.E. Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, Deputy of Prime minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand.
In 2004 and 2009 H.E. Mr. Sergey V. Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, visited Thailand and was granted audience by H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He also has two meetings with Thai Foreign Minister on the sidelines of the 66th session of United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2011, and of the APEC Ministerial Meeting in Jakarta (Indonesia) in 2013. The same year the then Thai Foreign minister visited Moscow.
In July 2015 H.E. Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime-minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Russia and had bilateral talks with H.E. Mr. Sergey V. Lavrov.
The mechanism of regular consultations between ministries of foreign affairs of both countries was put in action since 1993. Its latest round was held in Moscow on March 20, 2015, at the level of deputy ministers.
Both countries have dynamic interparliamentary contacts. President of the Senate of Thailand visited Russia in 2009 and 2013. The Heads of the upper chambers of both parliaments also met twice on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Interparliamentary Forum in 2010 and 2013. The friendship groups of the Thai National Assembly traveled to Russia in 2012 and 2013.
The Joint Russian-Thai Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (JC) is also an important mechanism of bilateral interaction in various areas. In July 2015 its six session was held in Moscow. Within the preparation framework for the sessions of the JC H.E. Mr. Denis V. Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia who is the Russian Co-chairman of the Commission since 2012 visited Bangkok in 2013 and 2013.
Interaction of Russia and Thailand in multilateral diplomacy is based on two countries’ close or similar approaches to settlement of global and regional problems in the agenda of the United Nations as well as other international organizations and fora. Thailand co-sponsored or supported a number of Russian draft UN GA resolutions. We also witness the mutual support to each other’s candidatures during elections to UN bodies.
Russian cooperation with Thailand in regional affairs is to contribute to the implementation of tasks to further modernize the Eastern Siberia and Far Eastern regions of Russia and integrate them into the Asia-Pacific Region.
Major importance is attached to the Russian-Thai interaction within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
Another important mechanism is the Dialogue Partnership between Russia and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is guided by the decisions of the Second Russia-ASEAN Summit held in October 2010 in Hanoi. New joint programs and plans of interaction are being prepared for approval by the Third Commemorative Summit, which is planned to be held in 2016 to mark 20 years Jubilee of the Dialogue Partnership.
Both countries also effectively cooperate in the East Asian Summits (EAS), Asia-Europe Meetings (ASEM), Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), ASEAN Defence Ministers Meetings with Dialogue Partners (ADMM Plus), Shangri-La Dialogue.
Russia and Thailand also interact in such sectoral formats as Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI), Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies Meeting, Asia and the Pacific (HONLEA, Asia), Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) and others.
Both countries are observers to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).