Russian foreign minister arrives in Phuket

Six-figure , the appearing Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, was warmly received at Phuket International Airport by a welcoming committee spearheaded by Amnuay Pinsuwan, Phuket’s Vice Governor.
Lavrov’s visit is labelled by expectation as he lands on Thai soil to inaugurate the already functioning Russian consulate at Boat Lagoon in Koh Kaew, regardless of the absence of additional details about his trip. His tenure as Foreign Minister, courting back to 2004, crowns him the longest-serving diplomat because the Tsarist instances, even outliving any Soviet-era overseas minister’s terms.
His presence on the Thai island traces back to an apparent surge within the inflow of Russian vacationers and residents making themselves residence in Phuket. As acknowledged by the Ministry of Tourism & Sports, inside the span of the primary 5 months of this yr, Thailand has acquired 740,840 visits from Russian nationals.
Whereas Phuket alone witnessed the entry of 25,947 Russian visitors this June, a minor 2.6% dip from ay’s 26,624 visitors, reported Phuket Immigration. These figures put Russian arrivals as the second highest to visit Phuket up to now month, outdated solely by Chinese, recording forty four,066 arrivals in June which is a big sixteen.4% hike from May.
In his current interplay at a discussion board in Jakarta, Lavrov appealed to Southeast Asian nations to collaborate in boosting the languishing commerce with Russia, proposing the utilization of nationwide currencies rather than US$ to manoeuvre around the crippling Western sanctions, as per Nikkei Asia.
After the 2022 invasion of Ukraine by Russia, sanctions had been imposed that resulted in a four.4% trade contraction between Russia and the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to a statement from the Russian international ministry.
Reuters reported that the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on Friday criticised Lavrov for his non-constructive approach during this week’s meeting between main diplomats from powerful nations and their Southeast Asian counterparts in Jakarta.
Blinken addressed the incident following the ASEAN Regional Forum, which engaged international ministers from ASEAN member states and strategic partners like China, the US, India, and Russia. He opined that Lavrov utilised his interventions to launch attacks on Washington, reports The Phuket News..

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