MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Myanmar have discussed the participation of Russian companies in energy infrastructure construction in the south-east Asian country, Russia's energy ministry said on Wednesday.

It also said a first working group meeting on energy cooperation had been held recently, without elaborating.

Russia has become Myanmar's closest ally since the military coup that overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi's elected civilian government in February 2021.

Last October, top energy officials from Russia and Myanmar held discussions in Moscow on Russia's participation in the construction of a gas pipeline to the country's main city Yangon, while Russia has also had plans for a nuclear research reactor in the country.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Jason Neely and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)