Burma seeks military and nuclear energy cooperation with Russia in sanctions

The Burmese junta has sought to cooperate with Russia in the areas of nuclear and military technology, as both countries are subject to widespread western sanctions.

Burmese General Min Aung Hlaing held bilateral talks with the Russian government during a week-long trip to Moscow. This is the second visit to Russia since the military government took power last year.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Min Aung Hlaing arrived in Russia “on a private visit” on July 11 and met with Defense Minister Sergej Kužuge.

Both sides said, “In the spirit of strategic partnership, we repeated their plan to maximize and efficiently utilize existing possibilities to strengthen military and military technical cooperation.” .. Russian news agency Tas.

Rosatom deal

During his visit, Min Aung Hlaing signed a contract with Russia’s national energy company, Rosatom, to help with nuclear energy training and skills development in Burma, also known as Myanmar.

Rosatom said in statement The memorandum of understanding with Burma “lays a solid foundation for the development of further cooperation on actual projects.”

Burmese Ministry of Information said On July 14, Min Aung Rhein met with Alexander Beglov, Head of Government of St. Petersburg, to discuss further cooperation in the agricultural, economic and educational sectors.

The Prime Minister also visited Russian universities and military technology institutions during his visit, but it is unclear whether he met Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The United States and Europe have imposed sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and sanctions on Burmese junta for a coup that expelled the Aung San Suu Kyi administration, which was elected earlier last year.

Despite sanctions on Burma, Russia and China have continued to provide fighters to Burma’s junta.According to Amnesty International report, The junta is targeting civilians using Russia’s MiG-29 and Yak-130, as well as China’s F-7 and K-8.

British envoy forced to leave Burma

Pete Baures, director of the British embassy in Burma, said on July 13 that the country had been “deported”, but the British government “did not pressure to justify a brutal coup.” Stated.

“I know I’m great, strong, and devoted [U.K. team in Burma] Keep standing [and] Do everything we can for the people of Myanmar who want nothing but peace and freedom [and] Justice, “Vowles said. Tweet.

His dismissal followed London’s downgrade of the title of Baures from ambassador to tentatively accuse Chargé d’Affaires of the British Embassy in Burma, resulting in the military government imposing restrictions on Baures visas. ..

At least 1,600 people have died, more than 12,500 have been detained, and 440,000 have been evacuated since the military took power in Burma, according to the United Nations.

In March, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the junta had “significantly ignored human life” by launching airstrikes in densely populated areas and deliberately targeting civilians.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.