U.S. sanctions target Myanmar junta-linked businessman for procuring Russian-made weapons



The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a Myanmar businessman and two others concerned in procuring Russian-made weapons from Belarus for the junta that seized energy within the Southeast Asian nation early final yr, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated.

The army staged a coup in February 2021, detaining democratic leaders together with Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, then violently suppressed protests, sparking a spiralling battle.

The U.S. Treasury stated in an announcement it was imposing sanctions on Myanmar businessman Aung Moe Myint, the son of a army officer who it stated facilitated arms offers together with for missiles and plane, in addition to an organization he based, Dynasty International Company Limited, and two of its administrators.

Reuters was unable to succeed in Aung Moe Myint for remark.

The motion freezes any U.S. property of these designated and usually bars Americans from coping with them.

Blinken in an announcement cited Myanmar’s execution of 4 activists in July and a lethal assault on a faculty by a army helicopter final month. He additionally pointed to a job the three folks sanctioned on Thursday allegedly performed in acquiring Russian-produced arms from Belarus.

“These designations additionally implicate the Burmese army’s long-time ties to the Russian and Belarusian militaries,” Blinken stated, utilizing the nation’s former identify.

“We will proceed to make use of our sanctions authorities to target these in Burma and elsewhere supporting Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, in addition to Russia and Belarus’ facilitation of the Burmese regime’s violence towards its personal folks.”

Russia is a most important supply of army {hardware} for the Myanmar army and has offered diplomatic cowl amid worldwide condemnation of the coup. Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing visited Russia twice in latest months.

The State Department additionally barred former Myanmar police chief and deputy house affairs minister Than Hlaing from travelling to the United States for his involvement in human rights violations, the Treasury stated, particularly citing the extrajudicial killings of peaceable protesters in February 2021.

The Myanmar Embassy in Washington didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Western nations have issued quite a few rounds of sanctions towards the army and its companies for the reason that coup, however efforts to isolate the junta have didn’t cease a slide into what a U.S. envoy referred to as a civil battle.

The sanctions, together with these issued on Thursday, fall wanting concentrating on Myanmar’s gasoline gross sales, the army’s largest supply of overseas income, a transfer that anti-junta forces and human rights advocates say might affect the army’s behaviour.

“Current U.S. sanctions policy on Myanmar isn’t working,” said John Sifton, Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. “This is like administering only half dosages of medicine and then hoping it will work like a full dose.”

Reporting by Simon Lewis, Susan Heavey and Daphne Psaledakis in WashingtonModifying by Leslie Adler and Matthew Lewis


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