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Russia warned that Myanmar sanctions could lead to civil war

On Tuesday (April 6), Russia said the West is at risk of causing civil war in Myanmar by imposing sanctions on the military. However, France announced that the European Union would further strengthen the sanctions.

The Kremlin’s support for the Myanmar military is one of the sources of further impetus for the coup to topple Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected civilian government on February 1.

On April 6, Russia said sanctions against the military regime were “futile” and extremely dangerous.

The Interfax news agency quoted the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying: “In fact, such a line contributes to civil war and ultimately, pushes the Burmese people into a comprehensive civil conflict”.

Russia is a major arms supplier to Myanmar and its deputy defense minister met the leader of the coup, Governor General Min Aung Hlaing in the capital Naypyitaw last month. Russia’s support for the Myanmar military has met with criticism from human rights activists.

However, contrary to Russia’s position, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the European Union is preparing to impose collective sanctions on the Myanmar military against business interests. their.

Mr. Le Drian told lawmakers: “We will add sanctions from 27 EU countries… to economic entities affiliated with the military so that they [sanctions] have can be applied quickly. ”

Last month, the EU imposed sanctions on several generals involved in the coup, while the United States also took measures against individuals and businesses led by the military. governance, which covers many aspects of Myanmar’s economic life.

In addition to receiving support from Russia, Myanmar’s military also has support from China, when it, together with Russia, opposes the UN Security Council to impose sanctions, as well as avoid talking about the event. This is a “coup”.

A protest is scheduled for today (April 7), in which many people call for burning of Chinese-made goods for accusing the country of supporting the military government.

So far, about 570 people, including dozens of children, have been shot dead by the army and police since the coup. Security forces have also arrested nearly 3,500 people, the Association of Political Prisoners (AAPP) advocacy group said.

On Tuesday (April 6), in Yangon, protesters sprayed red paint on the streets, symbolizing bloodshed in front of security forces’ crackdowns.

“The blood hasn’t dried yet,” said a red notice.

Anger has enveloped Myanmar for the past two months because the coup has abruptly ended a brief era of democratic reform, economic, and international integration since 2011.

The organization of the protests has now been hampered by the military restriction on mobile data services and broadband wireless internet, which are the primary means of spreading information about what is happening in the country. water on social networks.

Those who were able to access the social network on Tuesday shared photos of workers on strike in Mandalay city. Some wore gas masks and raised three fingers to protest against military rule.

Authorities have issued arrest warrants for dozens of celebrities, models and influencers in Myanmar for speaking out against the military.

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