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UPDATED: 10:53, March 31, 2006
Myanmar second top leader to visit Russia
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Vice Chairman of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council Vice Senior-General Maung Aye will pay an official visit to the Russian Federation in the near future, said an official announcement here Friday.

The announcement did not mention the date of his visit to be made at the invitation of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov.

Maung Aye's trip will be the first ever one to Russia made by a Myanmar leader in over four decades since former President General Ne Win visited the country (the former Soviet Union) in 1965.

Maung Aye's journey, to be accompanied by an entourage comprising ministers of foreign affairs, national planning and economic development, commerce, science and technology, and livestock breeding and fisheries, is expected to link with a wide range of military and defense issues, diplomatic sources said.

In July 2000, Myanmar and Russia signed a joint declaration on the basic principles of friendly relations between the two countries as well as an agreement on exempting visa for holders of diplomatic and official passports.

In 2001, the two countries inked an agreement on building a nuclear reactor in Myanmar in principle and endorsed a contract on sale of 10 MIG-29 fighter jets worth 130 million U.S. dollars to Myanmar.

Moreover, hundreds of Myanmar students were trained in Russia under the two countries' exchange program.

The two countries signed in 1997 a bilateral agreement on cooperation in drug control.

Myanmar and Russia (the former Soviet Union) established diplomatic relations in 1948.

Source: Xinhua

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