Russia backs up ASEAN over the Myanmar crisis


Russia has communicated similar concerns to Myanmar’s military leadership and fully supports the Southeast Asian diplomatic effort to settle the situation, its foreign minister said on Tuesday (July 6).
Mr Sergei Lavrov said during a visit to Jakarta that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc’s five-point accord should be the basis for resolving the issue.
“We advocate the Asean stance in our interactions with Myanmar politicians and military officials, which we believe should be viewed as a basis for resolving this crisis and returning the situation to normalcy,” Mr Lavrov said. During his visit to Jakarta, Mr Lavrov will undertake virtual talks with his Asean counterparts, according to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
Mr Lavrov’s remarks are important because they come when major world powers are sanctioning Myanmar’s corporations and top officials and calling for a global ban on arms sales to the nation.
Myanmar has been under a state of emergency since the military deposed Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected administration on February 1, igniting countrywide outrage that swiftly erupted into demonstrations and strikes, which security forces ruthlessly crushed.
Thousands of civilians have been displaced due to fighting between the army and newly organised militias in numerous locations.
Even though junta head General Min Aung Hlaing agreed to an Asean peace plan in April, the military has refused to implement it, instead reiterating its separate strategy to restore order and democracy.
The Asean initiative asks for all sides to engage in discussion, appoint a special envoy, increase humanitarian access, and end violence. Still, the military’s lack of action has irritated the bloc’s most vociferous members, notably Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.


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