The Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu January 20-21 an official visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, where he held talks with his counterpart on the prospects of bilateral cooperation in the defense sector. The visit was part of a tour of the Minister of defense of Russia in South-East Asia, during which he will also visit Laos and Vietnam.
Capital of Myanmar Naypyidaw, met with the Russian delegation the 35-degree heat. Surprisingly, she tolerated easily — affected by the absence of high humidity and heat. Nay Pyi Taw is a new capital of Myanmar. In 2005 it was decided to move it from Yangon, which agreed… with local astrologers.
— Here any more or less serious decision is always discussed with the astrologers, — explained the correspondent of “MK” some of the representatives of Russian diplomatic corps in Myanmar. — Such predictions very seriously. All calculate literally to the minute, and only when you realize that the stars have definitely aligned, begin to act.
On the way to the capital, it became clear that the concept of “megalopolis” to Nay Pyi Taw to apply difficult. One side of the 10-band “hyvaa” assembled of concrete slabs, the joints are Bouncing cars, located endless rice fields. With other modest hotels, one-storey houses and a small Buddhist temples.
— The capital of the rice fields — jokingly noted by one of the members of the delegation.
After laying wreaths at the memorial to the fallen heroes who defended their homeland, the convoy of the delegation moved to the building of the Ministry of defense of Myanmar.
Sergei Shoigu met by the honor guard and the orchestra performed anthems of the two countries. Then played a military March, the first notes of which strongly reminded of the main theme from the rock Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber “Jesus Christ superstar”. Sounds of soldiers briskly walked along the platform, on which stood Sergei Shoigu and chief of the Armed forces of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar senior General Min Aung Hlain.
When the negotiations began, Min Aung Hlain first thanked Shoigu for coming and reminded that this is his second visit to the country, and the first was in 2013. Min Aung Hlain also remembered the warm welcome that was accorded military delegation of Myanmar during his visit to Russia in 2016. And promised that members of the armed forces of Myanmar will take part in the International army games in the International security conference to be held in the spring of 2018.
Sergei Shoigu noted the positive dynamics of the military cooperation between the two countries, particularly along the line of the Navy. According to him, our ships have the opportunity to regularly call at ports in Myanmar. In Russia are also pleased to see the ships of the Navy of the Republic at its ports. Then the Minister informed the colleague about the fight against international terrorism waged by Russia. He said that in Syria there is a new kind of terrorist threat — unmanned aerial vehicles, a range which is more than 100 kilometers. Attack using drones may be taken not only in Syria.
— This is a very serious threat. And we are ready to share the experience that already have combat drones that were used by terrorists — offered Shoigu.
Manski commander agreed with the Russian, noting that the problem of countering terrorism extremely important for his country.
After the talks, Deputy defense Minister, Lieutenant-General Alexander Fomin and Deputy defence Minister of Myanmar, rear Admiral commander Myint HBe signed the intergovernmental agreement on the simplified procedure of calling of the military ships in the ports of Russia and Myanmar.
Perhaps the main conclusion after this visit is that in Russia, once again convinced that Myanmar is indeed a friendly country of Russia open to constructive dialogue. It is also clear that Russian defense Minister here has a great reputation, and his opinion certainly listen.
Speaking about the possibilities of future cooperation, military expert, Deputy Director of the Center for analysis of strategies and technologies, Konstantin Makiyenko noted that Myanmar is a country with good economic growth potential. According to him, the largest contract in the history of Russian-Myanmar relations is the purchase in 2009 of 20 MiG-29 fighters worth more than 400 million euros. Of the most recent projects — delivery in this country of training aircraft Yak-130. In the field of MTC Myanmar is now interested in naval equipment, helicopters and airplanes. There is also information that the Ministry of defence of Myanmar are very interested in our su-30.