Russia, Myanmar increase bilateral relations in response to economic, military needs

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Yangon, December (2)

Both Russia and Myanmar, which have been condemned by the international community, including the United States, have increased cooperation based on economic and military needs, political analysts said.

On November 29, the military leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, met with the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Russian Ground Forces in Nay Pyi Taw.

In the meeting, the two sides discussed the conditions to promote cooperation in defense, education, health, and technical aspects, as well as cooperation in the fight against terrorism, the Military Council reported.

They also discussed the enhancement of friendly relations between the two armed forces, as well as bilateral exchange measures, strategic cooperation in the economic and technological sectors of both countries.

Political analyst Dr. Sai Kyi Zin Soe suggests that because Russia and Myanmar share the same political stance, they are working together to strengthen their partnerships, in the technology and commercial sectors.

Moreover, he pointed out that while Russia is being condemned by the international community for its invasion of Ukraine, Russia seems to consider Myanmar, which has experience in military rule, as an important partner.

U Ye Tun (Hsipaw), a political analyst, said that Russia and Myanmar have been trying to establish close relations since they were isolated by the Western countries, including the United States, and Russia seems to be cooperating in the nuclear sector for economic benefits.

Following the coup, military leader Gen. Min Aung Hlaing made three trips to Russia.

CDM Capt. Kaung Thu Win said that since Russia and Myanmar are mutually dependent, there may be many issues on which they will work together in the future.

On November 21, the military delegations paid a visit to Russia and signed a memorandum of feasibility study for building a nuclear power plant in Myanmar, the Russian government-owned Rosatom Atomic Energy Corporation reported.

According to the MOU, the basic framework for the construction of a small modular reactor in Myanmar will be jointly developed between Russia and Myanmar.

News-Than Lwin Times

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