Myanmar junta chief makes one other go to to Russia By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar’s armed forces, Senior Common Min Aung Hlaing attends the IX Moscow convention on worldwide safety in Moscow, Russia June 23, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool through REUTERS/File Picture

(Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta chief was on a go to to Russia on Monday, his second journey there in lower than two months, as Myanmar’s ruling navy tries to shore up one in all its few diplomatic alliances because it comes below rising worldwide stress.

Senior Common Min Aung Hlaing has been barred from representing Myanmar at most worldwide gatherings since main a coup early final yr towards an elected authorities led by Noble laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

He first visited Moscow as chief in June final yr, when either side dedicated to strengthening navy cooperation. He additionally visited in July on what Russia stated was a personal go to.

Russia, a fundamental supply of navy {hardware} for Myanmar, was one of many first international locations to voice help for the junta after the coup, at a time when it was receiving worldwide condemnation over its use of deadly drive towards opponents.

Myanmar state media stated he would attend an financial summit, go to landmarks, universities and factories and his ministers and senior navy officers would meet counterparts and “cement pleasant cooperation”.

Russia has been offering Myanmar with COVID-19 vaccines and Myanmar is planning to import Russian gasoline and gas oil to ease provide issues, as Russia seems for brand spanking new sources of enterprise amid Western sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine.

Myanmar’s junta has been hit by a raft of sanctions concentrating on the generals and the in depth enterprise community the navy operates.

The United Nations and activists have accused the Myanmar navy of atrocities and crimes towards humanity and have urged the worldwide group to chop off arms gross sales, with Russia singled out for supplying drones, jets and air defence techniques for the reason that coup.

Myanmar’s navy says it’s combating “terrorists” and is in search of to revive peace and re-establish democratic rule after a 2020 election it stated was marred by fraud.

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