Myanmar supports Russian operation in Ukraine
A spokesman for the Myanmar military told Sputnik that Russia has the right to defend its national interests.
According to Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun, a spokesperson for Myanmar's military, Myanmar supports Russian operations in Ukraine, including Moscow's special military operation, and believes Russia has the right to protect its national interests.
Zaw Min Tun believes Russia is taking the "necessary actions to preserve and strengthen its own sovereignty," adding that as a great power, Russia ensures the balance of world forces, which in turn, allows maintaining world peace.
He expressed hope that Russia will be able to root out "modern colonialism," noting that the US is coming closer to Russia's borders in order to undermine its sovereignty.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian government and the Russian people have demonstrated to the world that they have a broader vision of world political problems, and that Russia can and must protect its national interests and unity."
The spokesman recounted how Western nations sponsored Myanmar opposition movements and said that the present Ukraine crisis is the result of the US refusal to give Russia security guarantees.
"Today, Ukraine fully follows the policy and ideology of the bloc of Western countries. This situation resulted in Russia rightly putting forward its demands for its own security, but we saw that America did not respond to them and continued to act contrary to the fair solution of problems. We are seeing the consequences of this right now,"he said.
The Myanmar spokesman said the crisis in Ukraine is not a matter of two countries but the President and people of Russia "were obliged to respond to the "emerging geopolitical situation", of which Ukraine was only one element.
Russia launched a special operation to demilitarize and "denazify" Ukraine last week, in response to requests from the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics for assistance in combating Ukrainian troops' aggression. The special operation is only targeting Ukrainian military facilities, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, and the civilian population is not at risk. Moscow has stated that it has no intention of occupying Ukraine.