The EU and the US have just announced sanctions on many Myanmar military officials involved in the February 1 political upheaval and warned of further action.
The Nikkei Asia website reported that the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) agreed to enforce sanctions against those directly responsible for the political upheaval and their economic interests.
The EU Council’s Feb. 22 statement said the bloc is ready to “impose restrictions” and “will continue to consider all of its policy instruments as the situation progresses, including major policy. books on development cooperation and trade incentives.
|Demonstrators protested a military coup in Yangon on February 22. Photo: Reuters|
On the same day, the British minister in charge of Asia summoned the Myanmar Ambassador to the country for the second time since the beginning of the month and condemned the Myanmar army’s actions against the protesters. So far, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have both announced sanctions targeting a number of Myanmar military officials.
Meanwhile, the US also announced the imposition of sanctions on two Myanmar military members and warned that further action would be taken regarding the coup.
The move was aimed at General Maung Maung Kyaw – the Air Force commander-in-chief and General Moe Myint Tun, former Army Chief of Staff, and General Moe Myint Tun, the US Treasury Department’s Foreign Assets Control Office said. commanded one of the agencies to oversee operations from the capital Naypyidaw.
“The military must reverse its actions and urgently restore the elected government in Myanmar, otherwise the US Treasury Department will not hesitate to take other actions,” the statement stated.
During the recent political upheaval in Myanmar, leader Aung San Suu Kyi and many other high-ranking officials of the ruling National Coalition for Democracy (NLD) party were arrested on charges of election fraud. Myanmar’s army temporarily took power, leading to a series of widespread protests in this country.
In another development, on February 22, the EU also put many Russian officials on the “black list” because of their involvement in the trial of the opposition Alexei Navalny. European Commission Vice President Josep Borrel did not specifically confirm who was sanctioned but expressed the expectation that the measures would take effect within a week.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko denounced the EU’s actions as “offensive”.
Russian citizens on the sanctions list will face a ban on entry into the EU and frozen assets, some sources knowledgeable.
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