Australia downgraded ties with Thailand on May 31 over the May 22 military coup, scaling back the two countries' defense partnership and slapping a travel ban on certain junta leaders, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defense Minister David Johnston said in a joint statement, Bangkok Post and Australia Network News reported.
A former high-level leader of Red Shirt group United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, Suporn Attawong (also known as Rambo Isan), vowed to end his involvement in politics and resign from the opposition Pheu Thai party at a nationalist monument in Nakhon Ratchasima province, NNT reported May 30.
Ukraine notified Moscow that it has made the first $786 million payment on the Ukrainian natural gas debt, according to a statement made by Ukrainian state-owned energy company Naftogaz on May 30, AP reported.
Thai elections will be held after one year of reconciliation and reform efforts, coup-leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said in a televised address May 30, BBC reported. The military took control of the government May 22.