Thai troops given the nod for cadet courses in Russia
The Cabinet has approved a plan to send Thai troops to study cadet courses in Russia after President Vladimir Putin considered Thailand a friendly country that can receive scholarships.
Deputy Government Spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek said on Tuesday (January 14) that the Cabinet had approved the Ministry of Defence’s proposal for a draft agreement on sending Thai troops to study in the military academy under the Russian Federation's Ministry of Defence.
“The commander of the National Defence Studies Institute under the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters or the authorised representative will sign the draft agreement,” she said.
“However, if the details of the draft agreement need to be changed without affecting any substance stated in the draft, the Ministry of Defence can proceed as appropriate as proposed.”
She explained that the draft agreement aimed to set the guidelines on sending Thai troops for training courses held by the Russian Ministry of Defence.
“The Thai Ministry of Defence will propose the list of training courses to the Russian Ministry of Defence by January 15 every year. Meanwhile, the Russian side will inform the Thai side by June 15 every year on the courses they can support,” she said.
“Thai soldiers chosen to study these courses must pass a preparatory course and undergo Russian language training for 10 months, starting from October every year before taking the cadet courses.”
She added that Russian President Putin had approved Thailand as a friendly country that can receive unconditional scholarships, especially Russian Federation cadet courses, while other courses will be considered case by case.