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Myanmar’s junta chief holds talks with Russia’s President Putin in Vladivostok — Radio Free Asia

State Administration Council (SAC) Chairman Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and Russian President Vladimir Putin held their first ever face-to-face talks within the jap Russian metropolis of Vladivostok on Wednesday, in response to Myanmar’s Protection Service Info division.

That is the junta chief’s third journey to Russia within the 19 months because the Feb. 1, 2021 coup.

The 2 leaders mentioned bilateral cooperation and worldwide points in response to an announcement by the Myanmar aspect carried on the Viber information app.

In an interview with Russian state-controlled information company RIA Novosti, Min Aung Hlaing additionally stated Myanmar has began shopping for Russian oil merchandise.

“Provides of oil merchandise from Russia to Myanmar are already being efficiently carried out. In a couple of days we are going to obtain the primary provide of diesel gas from Russia,” he stated, hinting that Myanmar might shift from its coverage of paying for imports in U.S. {dollars}. 

“No matter forex the Russian aspect accepts we pays in that. This enormously simplifies our process, as a result of there are numerous restrictions on receiving and transferring different currencies. If this subject is resolved, paying in rubles is sweet,” RIA quoted him as saying.


Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing holds his first face-to-face talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin within the Russian metropolis of Vladivostok on Sept. 7. CREDIT: Myanmar’s Ministry of Info

Unusual bedfellows

Myanmar’s army rulers have gotten more and more near Moscow after the West imposed sanctions on Myanmar following the Feb. 1, 2021 coup, and on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24 this 12 months.

Putin advised an viewers on the Far Japanese Financial Discussion board on Wednesday that Asia was rising to fill a niche left by the West.

“I’m talking of the West’s sanctions fever, with its brazen, aggressive try and impose fashions of conduct on different nations, to deprive them of their sovereignty and subordinate them to their will,” Putin stated in a speech quoted by Reuters.

“In an try to withstand the course of historical past, Western nations are undermining the important thing pillars of the world financial system constructed over centuries.”

Moscow has continued supplying Myanmar with weapons and helicopters as junta forces proceed to face heavy resistance to army rule throughout the nation within the run as much as subsequent 12 months’s basic elections.

Min Aung Hlaing and his workforce have been in Russia since Monday, to attend the seventh Far Japanese Financial Discussion board (2022) held on the Far Japanese Federal College (FEFU) in Vladivostok. Central Financial institution Chairwoman Than Than Swe, ministers and deputies from the ministries of overseas affairs, financial system, well being and knowledge accompanied the SAC Chairman.



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