Russia, China frustrating world response to Myanmar crisis: EU


Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said on Sunday, as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military removed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power on February 1.

International efforts to stem the violence have so far failed to yield results, with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell saying it was “no surprise” that Russia and China were blocking efforts at the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo.

“Geopolitical competition in Myanmar will make it very difficult to find common ground, as we have witnessed again and again… but we have a duty to try,” he wrote in a blog post.


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