US State Department announced the recognition of events in Myanmar as a coup
The US State Department stressed that they continue to monitor the situation and do not rule out further sanctions, but they refused to give details and name possible dates.
The United States of America declared the events in Myanmar to be a coup d'etat, demanding the immediate release of all detainees from the military. This was stated by a representative of the US State Department.
вЂњHaving carefully studied all the facts, we came to the conclusion that the actions of the military in Myanmar on February 1, who overthrew the elected representatives of the government, are a military coup,вЂќ вЂ” said in a statement by the US State Department.
In addition, it is indicated that the formal recognition of what happened in the country as a coup d'etat requires the United States government to stop providing assistance to the Myanmar authorities.
The statement of the State Department spokesman said that it was decided for the time being to continue providing support and assistance to the residents of Myanmar, as well as to support democratic and civil institutions in this country. At the same time, nothing is indicated about what kind of assistance is being provided. They just specified that the resulting volume is вЂњvery smallвЂќ.
The representative of the department emphasized that the United States will continue to monitor how the situation in Myanmar is developing and did not rule out further sanctions. However, no details and exact timeframes were given in the statement.
A spokesman for the US State Department has appealed to the Myanmar military for the вЂњimmediate and unconditionalвЂќ release of all previously detained.
The day before, the Myanmar military, who had previously accused the National Election Commission and the ruling National League for Democracy Party of falsifying the country's elections, arrested the heads of government, including President Vin Myint and State Counselor (in fact, Prime Minister) Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.