‘Don’t forget about us,’ Myanmar says to the EU during the Ukraine crisis.2 min read
The Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, the country’s state-run oil and gas giant, has been sanctioned by Brussels. Russia attacked Ukraine three days later. Since the putsch, security forces have killed more over 1,600 citizens. Vra Jourová, the European Commission’s vice-president for values and transparency, spoke on behalf of Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy leader, on March 10. According to Jourová, the EU has pledged €65 million in aid to Myanmar, with €23 million allocated in 2021.
The EU would submit a resolution to the UN Human Rights Council to guarantee that Myanmar’s “human rights crisis stays high on the international community’s agenda,” she added. “The situation in Ukraine does not mean we disregard the terrible suffering of Myanmar’s people,” she continued. “The European Parliament will continue to interact with ASEAN and convey that the situation in Myanmar is taken very seriously,” said Jourová, vice-president of the European Parliament. Neither the EU, the United States, nor the United Kingdom appear inclined to back Myanmar’s shadow government. By comparison, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in more than 2.2 million people fleeing to central European countries, and the regional conflict might swiftly escalate into a global crisis.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Europe has seen a military “revolution.” Germany will now devote an additional €100 billion to defense spending, putting it on track to become Europe’s greatest military force soon. By comparison, Myanmar’s bilateral commerce with the EU was valued only €3.1 billion in 2020. Analysts say there is also a perception that the US and EU did not apply as much pressure on their Asian allies to join the international sanctions on Myanmar as they did on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia has been sanctioned by Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, but not Myanmar’s military regime. There is a perception that the US and EU did not apply as much pressure on their Asian allies to join international sanctions on Myanmar as they did on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to an activist, the Myanmar military has resumed its terror campaign, aided by Russian armaments.