The European Union announced a third set of sanctions on Myanmar leaders and state companies on Monday in response to the military coup that deposed elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and drove the country into disarray on Feb. 1.
According to an activist group, security agents have killed over 860 individuals and imprisoned over 4,500 since then. According to the junta, the number is substantially lower.
In sum, the EU has imposed sanctions on 43 people and six companies. On Monday, the United Kingdom added three Myanmar businesses to its sanctions list.
Meanwhile, at a meeting in Moscow, Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Myanmar’s junta leader, Min Aung Hlaing, pledged to improve security and other ties between the two nations.
By continuing bilateral visits and arms agreements, rights advocates accuse Moscow of legitimizing Myanmar’s military dictatorship. Myanmar and Russia have a long-standing partnership, according to Russia.