Regional security and stability? I hardly think so.
Democratic Voice of Burma: Myanmar seeks Russian arms for oil
MOSCOW, April 4, 2006 (AFP) - Yangon has agreed to allow Russia to share in exploiting Myanmar's oil fields in exchange for weapons, the Kommersant newspaper said Tuesday. Commenting on the deal signed Monday between General Maung Aye, Myanmar's second most senior figure, and Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, the financial newspaper said that the two sides were discussing delivery of Russian arms. Kommersant said Myanmar was seeking Russian help in developing an anti-aircraft system. "The rapprochement between Moscow and Myanmar, a pariah on the international scene as a result of its serious restriction of freedoms, is not only explained by economic reasons," the newspaper added. It was also intended as a contribution to regional security following President Vladimir Putin's recent visit to China. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov received his Myanmar counterpart, Nyan Win, describing the two countries as brothers, agencies said. It was the first such high level visit by a Myanmare leader in 40 years.