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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar general's visit to Russia keeps arms flowing to junta

Moscow defies West by rolling out welcome mat to leaders of coup

Myanmar's military is assured of Russian support despite the much-maligned coup in February.

BANGKOK -- When Moscow rolled out the welcome mat for Myanmar's air force commander, Gen. Maung Maung Kyaw, it was a cue to the junta that Russian-made arms will flow to the Southeast Asian nation even as much of the international community views it as a pariah after the February coup.

The journey by the air force chief to Moscow last month included a visit to HeliRussia, the country's top helicopter exhibition, and discussions with Russian officials for planned procurement of military hardware, according to Myanmar and Russian media.

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