Burmese media are reporting that Burma and Russia have agreed to promote friendship, bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.
The New Light of Myanmar newspaper says Deputy Foreign Minister U Kyaw Thu and his Russian counterpart Alexander Losyukov reached the agreement Friday during their regular consultation meeting in Rangoon.
In May of this year, Burma's military government signed a deal with Russia to jointly design and build a nuclear research center. The United States expressed concern about the deal, saying Burma does not have the regulatory or safety provisions to successfully handle that type of nuclear program.
Russia and China have become major suppliers of arms to Burma since the West imposed sanctions in 1988 over Burma's poor human rights record.