Protests have been going on in Myanmar since the military coup. At least 700 civilians have been killed so far in the crackdown by law enforcement forces to quell the protests. For these reasons, Myanmar’s military rulers have faced widespread criticism in the international arena. In such a situation, Myanmar’s army chief Min Aung Hlaing is going to attend the ASEAN summit on Southeast Asian countries in Jakarta, Indonesia next week.
Myanmar’s military took control of the country in a coup in February this year. Top leaders of the elected government, including Aung San Suu Kyi, were detained.
Protests started in Myanmar after that. Thousands of people have taken to the streets calling for the return of democracy. The army has launched a counter operation.
So far, more than 700 democrats have lost their lives in the firing of the military. In this situation, the United States, India and several other countries have called for the return of democracy in the country.
Myanmar’s army chief Min Aung Hlaing is set to attend the ASEAN summit. This information has been reported from Thailand. Hlaing is making his first foreign trip since the military coup. However, the military government has not yet officially commented on the matter. Myanmar’s ‘crisis’ could be discussed at a 10-nation meeting starting April 24.
Russia has expelled 20 Czech diplomats. Earlier, Russia expelled 17 Russian diplomats. Moscow retaliated. The British media reported this information in a report of BBC.
Czech diplomats have been given one day to leave Russia. Earlier, Russian diplomats were given 72 hours to leave the Czech Republic.
Last Saturday, the Czech Republic announced the expulsion of 17 Russian diplomats. Russia’s foreign ministry described the Czech Republic’s decision as “unprecedented” and “malicious.”
One day later, Russia announced the expulsion of 20 Czech diplomats. A statement from Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, “The Czech authorities have reached out to bosses across the Atlantic to appease the United States in the wake of the recent US blockade of Russia.”
Czech intelligence officials, meanwhile, claim that Russian diplomats are spying. They are suspected in the 2014 explosion at an ammunition depot.