Squad Alert? Prayuth asks Putin to visit next year

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Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha asked Russian leader Vladimir Putin to visit him in Thailand in 2018 after Russia’s next election.

Prayuth also asked Russia if they want to invest funds in the Eastern Economic Corridor infrastructure, according to Bangkok Post’s source at Government House.

The Thai PM talked about Thailand being the center of ASEAN and that he thought the two countries could become closer partners in ways that would benefit them both.

He schooled Putin on the late King’s sufficiency economy philosophy and how to apply those righteous ideas to the world stage. The move to make nice with Putin is related to the fact that both just attended the 3-day Brics Summit in China, which ended yesterday, though the two world leaders have met a handful of times before.

Though Brics, an annual meeting for the key players from five large emerging economies, is for the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, hence its clever name, China asked five guest countries to join for this edition, the ninth time Brics has met. Those guests were: Thailand, Egypt, Tajikistan, Mexico, and Guinea.

Dates for Putin’s possible Thailand trip have not been discussed but the high season at the end of the year is nice.

We imagine P&P might go for Thai food, hit up Soi Cowboy, and maybe relax for a few in the islands. We just hope Trump doesn’t get FOMO when he sees the pictures. But, hey, YOLO.

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