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Dear friends, 

I am pleased to welcome you on the Internet site of the Russian Embassy to Myanmar. Here you can find useful information and exciting news about Russia and its people, Russia-Myanmar relations, the Embassy’s life as well as on consular issues. I hope that, once you have visited our site, you will often come back.

As a Eurasian power, Russia is continuing to strengthen political and economic connectivity with Asia Pacific Region. It supports the active role of regional multinational organizations and forums which include Association of South-East Asia nations (ASEAN) and ASEAN Regional Forum, APEC and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The priority task today is to unite and coordinate their efforts.

Russia has been a dialogue partner of the ASEAN since 1996. In December 2005, the first Russia-ASEAN summit resulted in the signing of the Agreement on economic and development cooperation. Under the agreement both parties are expected to facilitate the exchange of information regarding trade, investment and joint studies on economic issues. The two parties had entrusted the Russia-ASEAN Joint Cooperation Committee to oversee the implementation of the pact. They also set up the Russia-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership Financial Fund for economic cooperation. The summit and the 2nd Russia-ASEAN business forum opened additional possibilities for diversification of the dialogue, gave a strong impulse to deepening the relations between representatives of business and public circles, figures of science and culture.

Since July, 2009 Myanmar is the coordinator-country of the Russia-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership. Joint Plenary Meeting of the 7th Russia-ASEAN Joint Planning and Management Committee and the 8th Russia-ASEAN Joint Cooperation Committee as well as the 1st Working Group Meeting for the 2nd Russia-ASEAN Summit held in Yangon in November, 2009, reconfirmed eagerness of two sides to further develop Russia-ASEAN multi-faceted relations.

The actual history of Russia-Myanmar diplomatic relationship embraces the period of 60 years. Ambassadors of the two countries exchanged notes establishing diplomatic relationship on February 18, 1948 in the premises of the Soviet Embassy in London.

The first top level delegation exchange took place in 1955. U Nu visited the Soviet Union in October 1955 to meet Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin. Khrushchev made a return visit to Burma in December 1955. Top-level contacts became regular after Khrushchev visited Burma again in 1960. By that time a trade agreement had been signed between the two countries propelling a mutually beneficial economic cooperation based primarily on "Burmese rice in exchange for Soviet equipment" contracts. The Soviet Union constructed the Yangon Technical University, Inya Lake Hotel and Sao San hospital in Taunggyi in Shan state.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union in the beginning of the 1990's relations between our countries were almost reduced to full stop. However, the Russian Federation, the successor of the USSR, didn't lose its interest towards the distant Myanmar; instead, it found a will to restore the former partnership and promote its further development.

The economic ties, which have grown over the past several years, were consolidated following a landmark visit by Vice-Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Vice-Senior General Maung Aye to Russia in April, 2006 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Fradkov. The visit was the first one made by a Myanmar official of such a high level in almost 40 years. As a result of the visit, a string of agreements on bilateral cooperation and the Memorandum of understanding between the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its Myanmar counterpart were signed. The agreements and MOU helped the two business communities to establish closer cooperation and learn about their export and import options.The same year, Myanmar was visited by the Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation Mr. Vyacheslav M. Lebedev.

In foreign relations, Russia stands for developing long-term, stable and cooperative relations with Myanmar. Similar or identical approaches of Russia and Myanmar towards the major international and regional issues contributed to restoring the high level of politic relationship and active multilateral diplomacy cooperation. Both countries stand for strengthening the central role of the United Nations and its Security Council in maintaining international and regional peace and security, fighting terrorism and other international threats and challenges. The regular consultations between the Foreign Ministries of our countries, conducted in accordance with a Protocol signed in 1999 and last held in October, 2009 in Moscow, allow us to coordinate our positions on the major challenges of today's world and exchange the important information relating to interior policy.

The Russian Government holds that so called “Myanmar issue” is the Myanmar internal affair which should be solved by the Myanmar people through consultation and dialogue.

Bilateral economic relations are expected to be boosted by a project started by the Russian government-owned enterprise, Tyazhpromexport, to establish a plant to produce cast iron in Shan State. Russian companies has signed a production sharing contract with Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise of Ministry of Energy to explore oil and gas reserves. Myanmar students enjoy the opportunity to receive the high education in Russia. As for now there have been up to 2800 students studying in 11 institutions in Russia. About 1000 Myanmar students with bachelor, master and doctorate degrees have already returned to Myanmar.

Overall, the partnership between Russia and Myanmar has stood the test of time. We are confident that our relations will be strengthened further in the years to come.