YANGON, Myanmar - According to the Russian news agency TASS, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in Myanmar for an official visit that will include discussions with the military government on security and economic issues.
Russia is a key supporter and arms supplier to Myanmar's military government, which took power in February last year after deposing Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government.
According to Russia's foreign ministry, Lavrov met with his counterpart, Wunna Maung Lwin, and other top Myanmar officials shortly after arriving in Naypyidaw on Wednesday.
Lavrov did not indicate a shift in Moscow's attitude toward the military government, which he described as a "friendly and longstanding partner," adding that the two countries "have a rock-solid foundation for building cooperation in a wide range of areas."
"We value the traditionally friendly nature of our partnership, which is unaffected by any opportunistic processes," Lavrov said, adding that Russia and Myanmar have been working together for decades.