Myanmar junta leader leaves for Russia conference, second trip abroad since coup

YANGON (REUTERS) – Myanmar’s junta leader has flown out of the country to attend a conference in Moscow, state media reported on Sunday (June 20), his second trip abroad since seizing power in February.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing will attend the Moscow Conference on International Security, scheduled to be held from Tuesday to Thursday, Myanmar military-controlled television network MRTV reported on Sunday. Since taking power he has travelled abroad only to attend a regional summit hosted by Indonesia in April.

The army overthrew a civilian government led by Ms Aung San Suu Kyi after her administration dismissed its allegations of fraud over her party’s landslide election victory in November.

International monitors had said the vote was fair.

The United Nations General Assembly last Friday called for a halt to the flow of arms to Myanmar and urged the military to respect the November election results and release political detainees, including Ms Suu Kyi.

The trial of Ms Suu Kyi, 75, resumes on Monday. She has been accused of charges ranging from the possession of radios to violating secrecy and corruption laws.

On Saturday, Myanmar’s foreign ministry released a statement rejecting the UN resolution, which it said was “based on one-sided sweeping allegations and false assumptions”.

The statement also questioned the legitimacy of Myanmar’s UN ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, who has been speaking on behalf of the country’s elected civilian government. Protests have been held almost daily in Myanmar since the coup.

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