Myanmar and Russia began a joint naval exercise in the northern waters of the Andaman sea on November 7, Myanmar media reported.

Iran PressEurope: The security exercises involving Russia's Pacific Fleet and Myanmar's navy will continue until November 9 in the Andaman Sea, according to Myanmar's media. 

Both navies will contribute ships and aircraft to drills simulating the "prevention of air, water surface and underwater dangers and maritime security measures," the newspaper said.

Ahead of the joint exercises, Russian Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov met junta leader Min Aung Hlaing aboard the Russian destroyer Admiral Tributs and briefed him on the ship's capabilities.

Moscow is a close ally of the junta, providing arms and diplomatic support as Myanmar's military struggles to crush armed opposition to its rule.

In September Myanmar and Russia were joint chairs of a "counterterrorism" military exercise held in Russia's Far East that brought together several countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. 219

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