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Russia envoy working to aid vacationers

BANGKOK: The Russian embassy in Bangkok is working closely with tourism authorities in Thailand to help accommodate the thousands of Russian tourists stranded here by airspace restrictions that are blanketing the region following the invasion of Ukraine.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 16 March 2022, 09:05AM


Evgeny Tomikhin, Russia’s ambassador to Thailand, holds a press conference at the Russian embassy in Bangkok yesterday (Mar 15) to address the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis and relations between Russia and Thailand for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine. Photo: Chanat Katanyu

Evgeny Tomikhin, Russia’s ambassador to Thailand, holds a press conference at the Russian embassy in Bangkok yesterday (Mar 15) to address the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis and relations between Russia and Thailand for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine. Photo: Chanat Katanyu

Speaking during a press conference yesterday (Mar 15), Evgeny Tomikhin, Russian ambassador to Thailand, said the majority are in tourist destinations such as Phuket, Pattaya of Chon Buri, and Koh Samui of Surat Thani with the embassy trying to secure extended visas for them.

He said he was aware of 1,500 letters having been issued to extend their visas, adding that the embassy was liaising with the Russian community here should any Russian nationals need further assistance including cheap or free accommodation, reports the Bangkok Post.

At the presser, the Russian embassy addressed the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis and bilateral relations between Russia and Thailand for the first time since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on Feb 24.

Tomikhin said that repatriation flights are being discussed with further direct consultation between the governments of Russia and Thailand expected imminently.

There are now approximately 6,500 Russian tourists stuck in Thailand due to international airspace restrictions leading many airlines, including Russia’s flagship Aeroflot, to cancel services.

Thailand is among the 140 countries that voted for a United Nations resolution demanding an immediate withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine and deploring Russia’s “aggression against Ukraine”.

When asked about how Thailand’s stance on the issue would play out on Russian-Thai diplomacy, Tomikhin stated that Russia understood Thailand’s decision and the two countries’ diplomatic ties would not be affected.

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During the presser, Tomikhin stressed Russia is not pursuing all-out war and that its forces are only targeting military infrastructure while making every effort to avoid civilian casualties.

“We would like to see a peaceful, friendly Ukraine,” Mr Tomikhin said, “Not a NATO springboard against Russia.”

Meanwhile, outside the embassy in Bangkok, a group protesting the invasion conducted a rally. They said they had been there for many days but have yet to receive any kind of formal response to their grievance.

Mykola Boichok, a Russian-Ukrainian living in Bangkok, said he wished the protest would draw more public attention from the Thai public and media.

Among the protesters was a Russian lady, Ivavo Frankivsk, holding a “Stop Russia” placard.

She called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the invasion.

“I feel sorry that the Russian government did this to people,” she added.

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JohnC | 18 March 2022 - 09:54:44

The best way he could aid stranded tourists is to convince your dictator in charge to stop his madness.

Kurt | 17 March 2022 - 00:17:46

Russia on brink of foreign currency debt default. Problems to get Russians home from Thailand? Thailand now better makes special Thailand Pass for Russians who like a Thailand holiday, to make sure they have enough money to spend here, and that their return ticket is covering their flight back to Russia. Last thing Thailand looks for is taking care/paying for Russian holidays. 

christysweet | 17 March 2022 - 00:06:39

Putin's facade has cracked, . No man has a finger big enough for that leaky dike. Rich will survive on the higher grounds, and as always, poor will drown That's disaster capitalism.   

Pooliekev | 16 March 2022 - 17:05:19

Sanction - ha! As though sanctions are doing anything. Calls to the Russian Embassy fielded 15 yes, 15 calls. Tell me that worked without laughing. 

Foot | 16 March 2022 - 12:35:50

The whole idea of sanctions and making all Russians feel the pressure is for them to try and get Putin to stop the war. Helping to relieve the pressure on Russians is counter-productive in ending the war.  Russians should share in the misery their government is forcing on Ukraine.

Kurt | 16 March 2022 - 09:29:26

Russia was expecting to overrun Ukraine in a few days, Embassy kept silent, waiting for 'normalization' situation. But now they see such is going to take a long time. Russia becomes international isolated. Also sanctions, ban's, confisqations of oligards properties. As Russians have problems to get back home from Thailand, we may expect no fresh flow Russians come in.

 

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