Myanmar and Russia to increase military cooperation

Myanmar and Russia are seeking to cooperate on military technology and strengthen relations between the two nations’ armed forces, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Snr-Gen Min AungHlaing, the commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s armed forces, met with a delegation led by Alexander VasillievichFomin, the joint chairman of Russia-Myanmar Military Technological Cooperation, in the capital Naypyidaw on Tuesday and discussed a number of areas in which the two countries are looking to increase bilateral military ties.

The push for deeper Myanmar-Russia cooperation on military affairs follows Min AungHlaing’s visit to Russia in June of this year, during which he made observational trips to a MiG jet fighter plant and a facility where anti-tank missiles, air defense weapons and artillery shells were produced.

Notably, Min AungHlaing’s Russia trip coincided with a trip made by TayZa, a Myanmar tycoon who is believed to be involved in the purchase of Russian-made weapons and helicopters for Myanmar’s armed forces. TayZa was said to have made the trip along with other Myanmar businessmen.

TayZa also reportedly visited Kazan, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, a federal subject of Russia, late last month.

However, according to sources close to Burma’s military circle in Naypyidaw, apart from TayZa’sHtoo Group of Companies, a large construction company based in Mandalay with links to Min AungHlaing will likely be involved in a future arms purchase from Russia.