MOSCOW, Russia: RIA news agency reported on Wednesday that Russia will deliver Pantsir missile defence systems to Myanmar.

The truck-mounted systems are designed to shoot down aircraft, drones and cruise missiles.

By continuing bilateral visits and arms deals with Myanmar, rights activists accused Moscow of legitimizing the local junta, which seized power in a coup on 1st February, 2021.

Russia said it has a long-standing and strategic relationship with Myanmar and believes local authorities are doing all they can to stabilize the situation in the country, describing it as “quite serious.”

Citing Dmitry Shugayev, Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, RIA confirmed Myanmar and Russia signed the sales agreement for the missile systems in January.

“We will deliver the systems according to the terms and conditions stipulated in the contracts,” he said.