The documents that have been signed as a result of Russian-Thai talks:
- Joint Action Programme for 2015−2017 for the Implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Royal Thai Government on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism, 17 October 2002;
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand for 2015−2017;
- Memorandum of Understanding Between the Federal Service for Drug Control of the Russian Federation and the Bureau of Drug Control of the Kingdom of Thailand on Cooperation in the Efforts Against Illegal Trafficking in Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors and Chemical Substances, as well as Drug Abuse;
- Memorandum of Understanding and Partnership Between the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the National Innovation Board of the Kingdom of Thailand;
- Memorandum of Understanding Between Inter RAO Engineering, Power Machines and Turbo Machinery Thailand Co., Ltd;
- Memorandum of Understanding Between Russian Railways and Banpu Public Company Limited on the Construction of Railway Infrastructure and a Marine Coal Terminal on the Island of Kalimantan, Indonesia;
- Memorandum of Understanding Between Moscow State Regional University and the Siam Technology College, Thailand;
- Memorandum of Intent Between Non-Commercial Partnership for Development and Use of Navigation Technologies (GLONASS Union) and Georadius Thailand Private Limited;
- Memorandum of Understanding Between ARMASTEK® Scientific & Production Company, Ltd and Thailand’s Panjawattana Plastic Public Company Limited on Cooperation in Promoting Fiberglass Fittings in Thailand.
Dmitry Medvedev makes a statement to the media followingthetalks:
Dear colleagues, media representatives, I have just had substantive talks with Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha. We discussed the issues that my colleague just covered. These negotiations first started in Myanmar in November 2014. Today's meeting is the result of the implementation of the agreements that were reached earlier, and it confirms our mutual desire to promote our relations.
We’ve signed documents on cooperation in the sphere of energy, agriculture, transport infrastructure, law enforcement, and culture and education. All this is good and indicates the high level of our cooperation.
As was rightly stated, Thailand is our most long-standing partner in the Asia-Pacific region. Indeed, two years from now, we will be celebrating the 120th anniversary of our bilateral relations. As we are nearing this anniversary, our countries are busy preparing a large package of projects in keeping with our traditions of friendship and mutual respect. I hope all of them will be implemented.
Last year, our trade turnover grew by almost 20 percent to about $4 to $5 billion, depending on various estimates and statistics. The positive trend remains unchanged this year as well, despite the economic difficulties. We would like to bring trade up to $10 billion, so we need to expand our trade and industrial cooperation and to remove existing trade barriers.
We agreed to step up this work in the manufacturing industry, including the already signed contracts to supply Russia-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 civil aircraft. Russian truck manufacturer KamAZ has successfully entered the market in Southeast Asia. There are plans for the fuel and energy complex. Some of the decisions have been included in the memoranda. Both Russia and Thailand engage in the agricultural production, Thai companies are working with Russia, and, accordingly, food supplies are coming from Thailand as well. We did discuss ways to increase such supplies. Today, my colleague and I discussed increasing supplies of agricultural products, organising agricultural production in Russia, using resin as an area of cooperation and an important area of production in Thailand for various operations. So, we focused on all these issues.
We also discussed joint work in the sphere of navigation systems, space exploration, and strengthening cultural ties. Our intergovernmental commission should focus on all these things. As my colleague rightly put it, it should meet in Russia. We agreed that we will also create several groups that will work on other proposals, including investment and, of course, maintain contact with the business communities of both countries. A little later, I will hold a separate meeting with the business community.
With regard to our relations in the sphere of culture and education, we would like to continue to train Thai students at our universities. Of course, we will provide state scholarships for these purposes. We believe that this is an important investment in the future of our relations. We agreed to prepare an extensive programme of cultural events to celebrate the anniversary of our diplomatic relations in 2017, and to publish a collection of archival documents. So, these topics also were in the focus of our attention.
I’d like to say a few words about tourism, which is an important area of our cooperation and also allows our people to understand each other better. Thailand has become a favorite holiday destination for vast numbers of the Russian people. Last year, about 1.6 million Russian tourists visited Thailand. Of course, this creates certain problems, and today we discussed issues of safety, service, and information support for vacationers. Our Thai colleagues are willing to provide assistance and support in addressing these issues.
I would like to once again thank my colleague, the Prime Minister, for his hospitality and for our detailed and substantive discussion. I also invited Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to visit Russia. I’m confident that today’s agreement will help further promote friendly relations. Thank you.