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Russia backs Myanmar junta’s efforts to ‘stabilize’ country – FM

Russia According to Russian state media, the foreign minister said during a meeting with the top commander on Wednesday that he supported Myanmar’s military government’s efforts to “stabilize” the crisis-hit country.

The Southeast Asian country has been in turmoil since the military took power last year, with local monitors saying more than 2,100 people have died in a crackdown on dissent.

“We are in solidarity with the efforts [by the junta] According to TASS, Sergei Lavrov is aiming to stabilize the situation in the country at a meeting in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw.

Russia A major ally and arms supplier to the isolated military regime, it has been accused by rights groups of arming its military with weapons used to attack civilians since last year’s coup.

Referring to the proposed August 2023 elections, which opponents of the coup claim are neither free nor fair, Lavrov said: “Next year we will hold parliamentary elections. We will make your country stronger and more prosperous.” I hope that we will succeed in bringing it to prosperity,” he added.

Lavrov is due to attend a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers in Cambodia, but the military government’s top diplomat has been left out for refusing to talk to its enemies.

His visit sparked renewed international outrage when the military junta announced last week that it had executed four prisoners, including a former lawmaker and a pro-democracy activist, for the first time in decades. was done later.

‘Disappointment and confusion’

ASEAN is increasingly frustrated by Myanmar’s lack of progress on a five-point peace plan agreed last year.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen – the current chair of ASEAN – warned Myanmar of more hangings on Wednesday.

He said the regional bloc was “disappointed and confused” by last month’s executions, and said further use of the death penalty meant a “rethink” of the five-point peace plan.

The military government has yet to comment on Lavrov’s visit.

As Western governments impose sanctions following the coup and carry out a violent crackdown on dissent, the junta increasingly turns to its allies, including China, to Russia.

Military government chief Min Aung Hlaing reportedly visited Moscow on a “private” visit in July and met with officials from Moscow’s space and nuclear agencies.

The military justified its power grab by alleging massive fraud during the 2020 elections in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) defeated the military-backed party.

Last year, it canceled the results of the polls, claiming it uncovered over 11 million voter frauds.

International observers said the vote was largely free and fair.

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