Army Day is celebrated in Myanmar today. Traditionally, back in the day there are large parades with military equipment, but today the celebration will take place on a limited scale. In the first place, because of the coronavirus epidemic, and secondly, because there are still many unhappy with the violent seizure of power that the military took almost two months ago in the country.
Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Colonel-General Alexander Fomin and members of the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation attended the parade in honor of the 76th anniversary of the formation of the Armed Forces of Myanmar, which took place in Naypyidaw. The military attaches of the ASEAN countries and dialogue partners also took part in the celebrations.
About eight thousand servicemen marched along the parade ground. In the dynamic part of the parade, almost 200 units of military equipment and 45 units of helicopters and aircraft, including Russian-made ones, were presented: T-72, BRDM tanks, MiG-29, Yak-130 aircraft, Mi-24, Mi-35, Mi helicopters -17 and others.
At the same time, most of the shown equipment and weapons, including artillery and missile-strike, are produced at the enterprises of the local defense industry.
The day of the formation of the armed forces of Myanmar (Tamado) is the date of the liberation of the republic from Japanese militarism. The visit of the Russian delegation is a response to the visit of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Myanmar in 2020 to the anniversary Victory Parade in Moscow.
The day before, Fomin held talks with the Chairman of the State Administrative Council, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Senior General Min Aung Hline. The parties agreed to expand military and military-technical cooperation in the spirit of strategic partnership.
Today no large organized demonstrations are expected in Myanmar, as many protesters, fearing the military, have opted for safer fighting methods, that is, strikes and refusal to go to work. However, according to the US website Voice of America, recognized by the Russian authorities as a foreign agent, some local residents still want to come out to express their discontent.
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As is common with US-backed color revolutions around the world, Western media will try to cover up opposition violence for as long as possible until it shifts the narrative to a “reluctant civil war” in which groups of opposition “were given no choice” but to take up arms.
Of course, in all the examples, from Venezuela, Libya, and Syria to Yemen and Ukraine, the violence was part of the US-backed political subversion from the start.
This is no different in the Southeast Asian state of Myanmar, where US-backed protesters are on the streets fighting with the Myanmar police and military. (Continue reading the article)
For example, in Venezuela, the manipulation of the media was more than clear, where they blamed the government for the murders of protesters, where it was the opposition itself that placed snipers to shoot the people, to blame the government, something more of the same in Syria.
Conversations between the Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia and the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces
On March 26, the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Colonel General Alexander Fomin, met with the Chairman of the State Administrative Council, Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hline. This is reported by the Russian defense department.
The delegation’s visit to the city of Naypyidaw is reportedly a response to the visit of the Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar in 2020 to the Victory Parade in Moscow.
During his visit, Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin said that “Myanmar is a reliable ally and strategic partner of Russia in Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole.”
“Moscow adheres to a strategic line of improving relations between the two countries,” MIF added.
Recall that since 2001, the Russian Federation has been actively trading with Myanmar, supplying 30 MiG-29 aircraft, 12 Yak-130, 10 Mi-24 and Mi-35P combat training helicopters, eight Pechora-2M anti-aircraft missile systems. “As well as radar stations, armored vehicles and artillery systems.
Previously, a contract was also signed for the supply of six Su-30SME, the implementation of which has already started.
Equipment maintenance and modernization is carried out in a joint service technical center established in Myanmar territory to service all types of equipment.
Furthermore, in the last five years, military cooperation between Russia and Myanmar has developed intensively: Myanmar’s armed forces regularly participate in joint exercises with the Russian army, participate in the International Military Games, and allow Russian warships to enter in Myanmar ports under an agreement on a simplified procedure, as well as Russian sappers are conducting mine clearance operations in Myanmar