Sputnik Maxim Blinov
The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed Moscow’s hope to find a peaceful solution to the situation in Myanmar, calling on the parties to dialogue.
A statement issued by the ministry today, Monday, said that it is closely following the developments of the situation in Myanmar, expressing its regret that the main political forces in the country were not able to resolve the differences between them resulting from the results of the parliamentary elections last November.
And the ministry continued, “We hope to find a peaceful settlement of the situation within the framework of existing legislation by resuming political dialogue and preserving the sustainable economic and social development of the country.”
She added that Moscow took into account the announcement by the Myanmar military authorities of their intention to hold parliamentary elections within a year.
The military arrested Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior officials early this morning, and declared a year-long state of emergency, describing the move as necessary to maintain the “stability” of the country.
The military accused the electoral commission of failing to address the “massive irregularities” that, it said, occurred during the legislative elections in November, which Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won with an overwhelming majority.
Earlier in the day, the military pledged to hand over power to the winning party in free and fair elections to be held in the country, without specifying a date.