Friendly diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Thailand have been developing in the atmosphere of mutual understanding and assistance since the date of their establishment – May 6, 1992.
The Kingdom of Thailand is represented in Ukraine by the Royal Thai Embassy in the Republic of Poland. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to Ukraine H.E. Mrs. Sansanee Sahussarungsi has presented Letters of Credence to the President of Ukraine H.E. Mr. Petro Poroshenko on September 21, 2018.
On October 22, 2002 the first group of Ukrainian diplomats arrived to Bangkok to establish the Embassy of Ukraine.
During the time passed since the first full-fledged ever diplomatic mission of Ukraine was established in Thailand a lot of work has been done to improve and strengthen political relations between two countries.
On September 2003, Thai Parliamentarians visited Kyiv and held a round of talks with representatives of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chamber of Commerce of Ukraine and various business structures.
The crucial event of the year of 2004 - the first official visit of the President of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Thailand (March 9-11), has given a positive impulse for strengthening of bilateral cooperation in all spheres of mutual interest between the two countries. In the framework of the visit the Second President of Ukraine met with His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, held negotiations with the Prime-Minister of Thailand and took part in the business forum, organized by the Federation of Thai Industries.
During the talks held in the framework of the visit, the parties have emphasized their readiness to take steps necessary for further developing of friendly relations and discussed most perspective directions for strengthening the bilateral cooperation. President of Ukraine has identified cooperation with Thailand as one of the main priorities of Ukraine’s foreign policy in the region of Southeast Asia.
The official visit of the President of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Thailand opened the new chapter in the history of friendly bilateral relations between the two countries and their nations. During 2004-2006 Foreign Ministers of the two countries and their deputies held bilateral meetings in the frameworks of international events with the focus on intensifying the political dialogue and strengthening trade and economic cooperation. Cooperation between Ukraine and Thailand in the UN has intensified.
In October 2004 during the working visit of Thai diplomats to Kyiv the Parties have held bilateral consultations on the harmonization of approaches towards the implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. Ukraine agreed to co-author the updated document and ratified the Convention in 2005. Thailand took a supportive stance with regard to the Announcement of the UN General Assembly dedicated to the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine. Ukraine and the Kingdom of Thailand have been actively co-operating in the field of the UN and its Security Council reforms.
In 2007 a number of Ukrainian delegations has visited Thailand. The draft Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation was initialed. In June the Thai delegation headed by the then Minister of Commerce visited Kyiv and held talks with the leadership of the Ministry of Economy and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine.
In May of 2008, the Honorary Consulate of Thailand in Ukraine was officially opened in Kyiv. In June the Agreement on the abolition of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and official passports has entered into force, intensifying the political dialogue between the two countries.
On September 9, 2009 the first round of political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand was held in Kyiv at the level of deputy ministers.
On September 26, 2011 Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Thailand held a meeting in New York in the framework of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly.
In recent years Ukraine and Thailand have actively developed the bilateral military-technical cooperation. On October 9–13, 2012 Minister of Defence of Thailand paid an official visit to Ukraine. During the visit the Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand on cooperation in the sphere of defense has been signed. On January 29–31, 2013 Minister of Defence of Ukraine paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Thailand and held meetings with the Minister of Defence of the Kingdom and the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army. On September 3–7, 2013 Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Thailand on the invitation of the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army. During October – November, 2015 the Minister of Defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak and the First Deputy Secretary of the National Defence and Security Council of Ukraine Oleg Gladkovskyi have paid a working visit to Thailand. On September 14–16, 2016 at the invitation of the Minister of Defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, the Delegation of the Thai Defense Ministry led by the then Deputy Minister of Defense Udomdej Sitabutr paid a working visit to Ukraine. In the framework of the visit General Sitabutr held meetings with the First Deputy Secretary of the National Defence and Security Council of Ukraine, Chairman of the Ukaraine’s Commission for military-technical cooperation and export control Oleg Gladkovskyi and the Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine Ihor Dolhov and visited State Enterprise «Kyiv Armored Plant», State Enterprise «Malyshev Plant» and State Enterprise «Kharkiv Machine Building Design Bureau», named after Olexander Morozov. During the meetings the state of the implementation of bilateral agreements as well as prospects regarding the establishment of the facility for repairing and assembling of armored vehicles produced in Ukraine in the territory of the Kingdom have been discussed.
In 2016 a political dialogue between Ukraine and Thailand at a high level was reinvigorated during the meeting in Beijing on April 28 between the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand Don Pramudvinai. The sides, in particular, agreed on a schedule of political contacts for a short-term perspective, discussed the bilateral interaction within international organizations and military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and Thailand.
On June 5, 2017 in the framework of the first ever official visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Thailand, Minister Klimkin met with Thai colleague Don Pramudwinai - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand. The Parties expressed mutual interest in further strengthening of bilateral relations between Ukraine and Thailand, officially established 25 years ago, exchanged views on a broad range of issues of international agenda, including most recent developments in global and regional contexts. Minister Klimkin invited his Thai counterpart to visit Ukraine. The invitation was cordially accepted. Ministers have agreed the schedule of political contacts for the near future, including plans to hold the Second round of bilateral political consultations at the level of deputy foreign ministers and the First meeting of the Ukrainian-Thai Joint Commission for bilateral cooperation. Ways of deepening of the Ukrainian-Thai interaction within international organizations, as well as furthering of bilateral trade, economic, military and technical cooperation between the two countries have also been discussed during the negotiations.
After negotiations Pavlo Klimkin and Don Pramudwinai have signed the Treaty between Ukraine and Thailand on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. Then, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Sontirat Sontijirawong, Minister of commerce of Thailand have signed the Trade Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand. Implementation of the provisions of signed documents will substantially boost the bilateral interaction between law enforcement bodies and greatly contribute to the cooperation in the trade-economic sphere. In particular, the interstate Treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters is set to facilitate a collaboration between Ukrainian and Thai experts and agents, responsible for crime suppression and criminal investigations, while under the intergovernmental Trade Agreement governments of Ukraine and Thailand are encouraged to foster mutual contacts between businesses and enterprises as well as to endorse the establishment of joint-ventured companies, overseas subsidiaries of business enterprises and legal entities on the territories of the respective states. Besides, the Agreement foresees the establishment of the Joint Trade Committee (co-chaired by the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the Minister of Commerce of Thailand) aimed at intensifying trade and economic relations between the two countries. For now, Thailand is one of the major trade partners of Ukraine in Southeast Asia, as in 2017 trade volume between two countries exceeded $460 million with the positive trade balance for Ukraine amounted to $63,729 mln.
During his stay in Bangkok Pavlo Klimkin has visited the Grand Palace and signed the book of condolence paying tribute to the memory of His Majesty late King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej – Rama IX.
On June 12-13, 2017 First Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Dmytro Stroozhuk paid a working visit to Thailand. During his meeting with the Attorney General of the Kingdom of Thailand Pongniwat Yuthapanboriparn both sides expressed their readiness to develop Ukraine’s-Thai cooperation in the field of crime prevention and to foster the exchange of information regarding a whereabouts of criminals. After negotiations the Parties have concluded the Agreement on mutual cooperation between the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine and the Office of the Attorney General of the Kingdom of Thailand.
On November 3-7, 2017 the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak paid a working visit to the Kingdom of Thailand to participate in the International Exhibition ‘Defense and Security 2017’ and to hold negotiations with the military-political leadership of Thailand and other countries. The ‘Defense and Security’ is the largest exhibition of military equipment and dual-use products in the region of Southeast Asia, taking place every two years in the Thai capital - Bangkok. The last year event was attended by delegations from more than 40 countries that were represented at the level of heads of defence ministries and commanders-in-chief of various branches of troops. On November 6, 2017 Stepan Poltorak held talks with the Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Defense of Thailand Prawit Vongsuwan and the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Chalermchai Sittisart. The Minister of Defense of Ukraine briefed Thai partners on the recent development of the security situation in Donbass, counteraction by the Ukraine’s armed forces against the Russian military aggression, as well as on the progress in strengthening the defence capabilities of Ukraine and development of the domestic defence industry. The parties expressed mutual interest in furthering of the development of the bilateral military and military-technical cooperation, emphasizing that interaction in these areas remains one of the most important dimensions of the Ukraine’s-Thai cooperation.
During the visit the Minister of Defense of Ukraine held separate meetings with the Deputy Minister of the National Defense of Vietnam, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Thailand and the Undersecretary for Turkish Defense Industries. Stepan Poltorak has also inspected products exhibited by Ukrainian producers, including the State Company ‘Ukroboronprom’, ‘League of Defense Enterprises of Ukraine’, ‘RPA Practika’, ‘Ukrinmash’, ‘Ukrspetstehnika’, ‘Techimpex’ and paid a special attention to the ‘BTR-4E’ – the Ukrainian-made APC of the last generation, which according to the Thai organizers of the event, was one of the most ambitious highlights of the exhibition. A working visit of the Minister of Defense of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Thailand has greatly contributed to the positive dynamics of contacts between top representatives of the military and political leadership of Ukraine and Thailand and gave an opportunity to outline the prospects for a further development of bilateral Ukrainian-Thai military and military-technical cooperation.
Throughout recent years the relations between Ukraine and Thailand have gained a significant positive dynamic. The two states are resolved to ensure the furthering of bilateral political, economic and humanitarian contacts. Thailand is considered as an important partner for Ukraine and the pro-active mutual cooperation definitely brings real benefits for both nations. During the last 25 years 18 bilateral Agreements and Memorandums between Ukraine and Thailand in deferent spheres were signed and a number of drafts are now under consideration of Parties.
Ukraine is working closely with Thailand in the United Nations and various multilateral forums. There is a long record of mutual exchanges and unilateral supports between Ukraine and Thailand at the elections to UN bodies.
Ukraine highly appreciates that the Kingdom of Thailand was among 100 states that supported historic UNGA resolution ‘Territorial integrity of Ukraine’ on March 27, 2014 and commends Thai consistent stance of comprehensive support of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine reiterated by Prime Minister of the Kingdom Prayut Chan-o-cha in his letter, addressed to Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine as well as by Minister Don Pramudwinai during negotiations with his Ukrainian counterpart held in the framework of the official visit of Minister Pavlo Klimkin to the Kingdom of Thailand in June of 2017.