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Myanmar junta chief thanks Russia for enhancing army: Report

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MOSCOW: Myanmar’s junta chief on Tuesday (Jun 22) thanked Russia, a serious weapons provider to the troubled Southeast Asian nation, for strengthening the military which seized energy in a coup earlier this 12 months.

Myanmar has been in turmoil because the army overthrew civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi and her Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD) authorities in February.

Russia has backed its ally and warned the West towards sanctioning the junta.

“Due to Russia, our military has develop into one of many strongest within the area,” Russian information company TASS cited Min Aung Hlaing as telling Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu throughout a gathering in Moscow.

The friendship between Russia and Myanmar is changing into “stronger and stronger”, the junta chief stated, in response to his feedback translated into Russian.

“Myanmar for us is a time-tested strategic associate and dependable ally,” Shoigu stated, including that army cooperation is an “necessary part” of Russia-Myanmar relations.

“We’re dedicated to proceed making efforts to strengthen bilateral ties,” the Russian defence minister stated.

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Min Aung Hlaing is in Moscow for a three-day worldwide safety convention which kicked off Tuesday and brings collectively defence officers from throughout the globe.

It’s the junta chief’s second recognized journey overseas since he seized energy.

On Monday, he met with Russian Safety Council chief Nikolai Patrushev, with the 2 agreeing to enhance ties between their two international locations.

Min Aung Hlaing then met the pinnacle of state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheyev, to debate “potential army technical cooperation,” a junta spokesperson stated.

Since February, the junta’s brutal crackdown on dissent has left at the least 870 civilians lifeless, in response to an area monitoring group.

Though the Kremlin has stated it was “involved” by the civilian casualties, Moscow has sought to develop ties with the junta.

In March, a Russian deputy defence minister joined an annual parade showcasing Myanmar’s army prowess, together with Russian-made jets, tanks and helicopters.

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