Kremlin says close Myanmar ties don't signify approval of tragic events

The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia has long-standing and constructive ties with Myanmar, but said that did not signify its approval of tragic events unfolding there.
A visit by Russia's deputy defense minister Alexander Fomin to Myanmar and a pledge to beef up military ties at a time when the junta there have been condemned by Western countries for killing hundreds of civilian protesters has drawn strong criticism from rights activists.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday Russia's stance should not be misconstrued.
"You know we have long-standing and fairly constructive ties with Myanmar," Peskov told reporters. "But that absolutely does not signify our approval of those tragic events which are taking place in the country."
The Kremlin also said that it was working to set up a potential video conference between President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss Ukraine and other subjects.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the comments on a regular conference call with reporters.
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