Skyline of Bangkok behind the Flag of ThailandInternationalIndiaAfricaCOLORADO SPRINGS (Sputnik) – The scientific cooperation between Russia and Thailand has not been impacted by global tensions, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand Deputy Director Wiphu Rujopakarn told Sputnik. When asked whether the current tensions in the world affect Thailand’s cooperation with Russia, Rujopakarn noted that at the scientific level he would say “no.” “It does not affect astronomer-to-astronomer cooperation from Thailand to Russia,” Rujopakarn said. “Absolutely not.”Moscow’s special military operation in Ukraine has led to a financial and diplomatic boycott of Russia by the collective West as well as calls for NATO to militarize its eastern flank. Rujopakarn underscored that Thailand is willing to boost cooperation with Russia on astronomy while scaling up to space will be a multilateral consideration that they have to explore.”At the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, we have actually Russians working at our institute,” Rujopakarn said. “We’re very open to hosting, organizing cooperation with Russia, very much so. And we look forward to making new contacts as well, exchanges, linkages.”Astronomy is an area that Russia is delivering immensely to the community, he said. “I’m an astronomer, I studied distant galaxies. We appreciate the incoming data from Russia.”All these scientific driven areas of cooperation is something that they can decide unilaterally within the institution, the official said.”Scientific cooperation has no frontier whatsoever. But of course, scaling up to space is going to be a multilateral consideration that we have to explore,” Rujopakarn said.