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Prayut concerned over Russia-Ukraine conflict on Apec summit

Prayut concerned over Russia-Ukraine conflict on Apec summit

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed concern yesterday (Mar 15) over a possible challenge now posed by the Russia-Ukraine conflict to Thailand’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit 2022 in November.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 16 March 2022, 08:28AM


Demonstrators wearing face masks in the colours of Ukraine’s national flag hold a protest outside the Russian embassy in Bangkok to demand an end to the Russian invasion of Ukraine while Evgeny Tomikhin, Russia’s ambassador to Thailand, was holding a press conference at the Russian embassy to address the conflict and relations between Russia and Thailand for the first time since the invasion. Photo: Chanat Katanyu

Demonstrators wearing face masks in the colours of Ukraine’s national flag hold a protest outside the Russian embassy in Bangkok to demand an end to the Russian invasion of Ukraine while Evgeny Tomikhin, Russia’s ambassador to Thailand, was holding a press conference at the Russian embassy to address the conflict and relations between Russia and Thailand for the first time since the invasion. Photo: Chanat Katanyu

“Well, we will see if the planned meeting can still take place and how it will actually be conducted. That will depend on how the Russia-Ukraine conflict situation unfolds,” he said.

Prayut added that Thailand needs to first focus on the organisation of other Apec 2022 meetings earlier in the year, reports the Bangkok Post.

Gen Chalermpol Srisawat, chief of Thailand’s defence forces, ordered the armed forces and the national police to prepare a security plan to deal with any potential security threats, including acts of terrorism, at the Apec summit.

The order was made at yesterday’s meeting of the armed forces and the national police.

After the meeting, a source at the Armed Force Security Centre revealed that security authorities are now focusing on five groups that could pose a potential security threat to the summit.

The first includes pro-democracy political movements eyeing a symbolic move, while the second covers various groups aiming to draw public attention to certain social and environmental issues they are working on, said the source.

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The third group comprises activists who are campaigning against the military regime in neighbouring Myanmar while the fourth may include separatist movements active in the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, plus extremist Muslim groups operating in neighbouring countries, the source added.

Security forces there are being advised to heighten their border checks, the person said.

The last group comprises lone wolves, or criminals with no known criminal records who act alone.

“There have not been any terrorist activities or signs by them that could be of any concern yet. We are more concerned about political gatherings by local groups,” according to the source.

Also yesterday, Evgeny Tomikhin, Russia’s ambassador to Thailand, held a press conference at the Russian embassy to address the conflict and relations between Russia and Thailand for the first time since the invasion. 

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Capricornball | 16 March 2022 - 20:33:57

@Poolie...so the people do quite well ya think?  I think not...they have grown accustomed to having about "0" opportunity and growth, and pretty much know they are resigned to barely making ends meet and living in debt for life. They also sit back and watch corruption rule the roost, and know there's no point in worrying about it, because it is just the way it is.

Pooliekev | 16 March 2022 - 17:01:20

I dont think the people of Thailand need your sympathy. They do quite well without it. 

Capricornball | 16 March 2022 - 13:18:46

This order of "threatening groups" says everything about the current regime. Number 1 priority is to quell free thinking and calls for change., and heaven forbid anyone would speak out for social equity and against environmental mismanagement. And of course, can't have anyone challenging the living nightmare facing the people of Myanmar. I feel so bad for the people of Thailand.

Kurt | 16 March 2022 - 09:48:30

@Fascinated, you are right. Remember, Thai coup plotters are always aiming for their own profitable status quo. Democratic attemps/development are to them a abomination. That is why demonstrations of more than 5 persons are against the law. Armoured cars, tanks, etc, always stand by to maintain 'national security'.

Fascinated | 16 March 2022 - 09:05:43

His only real concern is how to weasel round things and not upset the Russians by condemning their actions. I'm sure he'll swallow the Ambassador's 'explanation' hook line and sinker. Ironic that pro-democracy groups are considered a 'threat'.

 

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