Myanmar’s junta leader attends a military conference in Moscow. The leaders of the Moscow-Myanmar military regime attended an international conference in Moscow on Wednesday, reflecting a desire to develop relations with Russia despite international repression.
Myanmar’s military ousted the democratically elected Aung San Suu Kyi government on February 1, saying the party’s overwhelming victory in the November elections was the result of massive voter fraud. We have not provided reliable evidence to support this claim.
Security forces brutally suppressed widespread public protests against the takeover of logistics, killing hundreds of protesters and conducting a series of arrests.
The junta’s leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, said in a speech Wednesday at a meeting hosted by the Russian Ministry of Defense that it was trying to unify democratic regimes in a “degraded” country. On Tuesday, Min Aung Heling met Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who welcomed strong military cooperation between the two countries.
At the beginning of the meeting, Shoigu said, “We are paying special attention to this meeting as we see Myanmar as a long-time proven strategic partner and reliable ally in Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific.”
“Cooperation in the field of military and military technology is an important part of Russia-Myanmar relations,” he added, praising Min Aung Heling for strengthening the country’s military power. Shoigu said Russia will work to expand relations with Myanmar based on “mutual understanding, respect, and trust”.