The European Union’s top diplomat said on Sunday, Russia and China were hampering a united international response to Myanmar’s military coup and that the EU could offer more economic incentives if democracy returns to the country. “It comes as no surprise that Russia and China are blocking the attempts of the UN Security Council, for example to impose an arms embargo,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a blog post.
“Geopolitical competition in Myanmar will make it very difficult to find common ground,” said Borrell, who speaks on behalf of the 27 EU member states.
Borrell said security forces have killed more than 550 unarmed protesters, including 46 children, in a bloody crackdown since the military seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a February 1 coup. “The world watches in horror, as the army uses violence against its own people,” he said.
China and Russia both have ties to Myanmar’s armed forces, as the first and second largest suppliers of weapons to the country, respectively. The UN Security Council last week called for the release of Suu Kyi and others detained by the military but stopped short of condemning the coup.