Thailand confirms neutral stance, encourages ‘dialogue’ on Russia-Ukraine

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A government spokesman confirmed yesterday that Thailand will remain neutral on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The spokesman said due to the threat by Covid-19, Thailand doesn’t want any international conflict to worsen the public health crisis. He also restated what foreign ministers have said, that all parties should excersise “maximum restraint”. He stressed that PM Prayut has supported a policy of ‘dialogue’ to achieve peace.

The director-general of Thailand’s Department of Employment said there are currently 441 Thai workers in Russia. He said most of them are spa workers and massage therapists. He said some of them are paying travel expenses out of their own pockets, and travelling to Russia to work has become dangerous.

“Travelling to work in Russia is dangerous so Thai workers must wait until the situation eases”.

The director-general said Russia has closed its airspace to European Union countries and their allies that have imposed sanctions on it. This means flights to Asia from these countries have to be rerouted, creating longer travel times and higher ticket prices.

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Yesterday, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it will donate two million baht to humanitarian assistance in Ukraine. A spokesman for the ministry said the budget will be assigned to the Royal Thai Embassy in Warsaw, Poland which will buy supplies that will be delivered to people in the affected area by the Ukrainian Red Cross and other international organisations.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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