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Relations between Ukraine and the Kingdom of Thailand
26 August 2012 16:09

Recognition of Ukraine:  December 26, 1991.

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations: May 6, 1992.

Political Relations

The only visit at the highest level in the history since the establishment of diplomatic relations was held in 2004, as the President of Ukraine H.E. Mr. L.Kuchma paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Thailand on March 9-11, 2004. It should be noted that the King of Thailand His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua in the capacity of Crown Prince of Thailand visited Ukraine in 1989.

2009 – first round of political consultations between the MFA of Ukraine and the MFA of Thailand at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers (Kyiv, Ukraine).

2011 – meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Thailand in the course of the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly (New York, USA).

2016 - meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Thailand within the framework of the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (Beijing, China).

2017 – first ever official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to Thailand (Bangkok, Thailand).

2019 – second round of political consultations between the MFA of Ukraine and the MFA of Thailand at the level of Directors General (Kyiv, Ukraine).

2022 – third round of political consultations between the MFA of Ukraine and the MFA of Thailand at the level of Directors General (online).

2022 – meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Thailand within the framework of ASEAN summits (Phnom Penh, Cambodia).


Trade and Economic Relations 

Joint Trade Commission between the Government of Ukraine and the Royal Government of Thailand, aimed at promotion of bilateral economic relations, has been established in accordance with provisions of the bilateral Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the Kingdom of Thailand, signed in 2017.

According to the data of the State Customs Service of Ukraine, in 2022 trade turnover between Ukraine and Thailand reached 197,671 million USD (export – 35,22 million USD, import – 162,451 million USD) with a negative trade balance of 127,231 million USD.

In 2023 trade turnover between Ukraine and Thailand amounted to 246,208 million USD (export – 39,174 million USD, import – 207,034 million USD). The negative trade balance reached 167,9 million USD.



2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

Trade turnover

463,469

456,668

572,083

358,628

477,391

197,671

246,208

Export

265,194

248,067

344,131

164,537

224,886

35,22

39,174

Import

201,465

208,601

227,952

194,09

252,505

162,451

207,034

Trade balance

+63,729

+39,466

+116,179

-29,552

-27,619

-127,23

-167,9


Science and Technology Cooperation 

In 2008 the first Earth observation satellite of Thailand “THEOS” was successfully launched by Ukrainian “Dnipro” rocket to the Earth orbit.

On November 1, 2023 the State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) and the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency of the Kingdom of Thailand (GISTDA) signed the Memorandum of Understanding regarding cooperation in the field of peaceful use of space. The document officially established relations between the two agencies, as well as defined their framework and core cooperation areas, aiming at further development and strengthening of the mutually beneficial cooperation in the space sphere.


Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation 

Ukrainian cultural and arts events have been regularly held in Thailand. Participating Ukrainian artists promote positive image of Ukraine.

Exhibitions of paintings of well-known Ukrainian artists like Ivan Marchuk, Maria Prymachenko, Oleg Shupliak, Tetiana Cherevan, Oleksii Chebykin, Marta Pitchuk and others were organized in Bangkok.

As part of the implementation of the initiative of the First Lady of Ukraine, Mrs. Olena Zelenska, in May 2022, a Ukrainian audio guide has been launched in the iconic museum "Siam" in Bangkok.

On June 21, 2022 at the premises of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre took place a grand opening of the art&photo exhibition “Ukraine is the Cradle of Heroes. The Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Thailand presented the works of three authors. A part of the exhibition was devoted to the defenders of the city of Mariupol, the fighters of the "Azov" regiment. Most of the exhibition photos were taken by Dmytro Kozatskyi, the de facto press secretary of the regiment and his comrades.

On August 25 and September 4, 2022, on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of Ukraine's Independence, the Embassy together with Chulalongkorn University, the Documentary Club and the Thai Film Archive organized two screenings of the Ukrainian documentary film "Train "Kyiv - War".

In the framework of the 21st International Bangkok Book Fair (March 30 - April 9) 2023 was demonstrated the exhibition "Postcards from Ukraine" and presented the book (in Thai) "The Gates of Europe. A History of Ukraine", written by professor and history teacher of Harvard University Serhii Plokhy.

Legal basis 

Legal basis of the Ukrainian-Thai relations consists of 19 documents.

Key Agreements:

Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand on establishment of Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (2002);

Trade Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Government of Ukraine (2017).

Ukrainian diaspora

There are no public organizations or associations which unite Ukrainians in Thailand. There are about 4 thousand Ukrainian citizens who stay in Thailand.

 

 

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