December 23, 2015 / 11:16 AM / 2 years ago

Russian defense minister: Russia rearms Kyrgyzstan to counter Islamic State - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is actively rearming the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan to help it counter the threat posed by Islamic State to Central Asia, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted by RIA news agency as saying on Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu talk during a visit to the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, August 25, 2015. REUTERS/Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool

Shoigu said the situation in Afghanistan was deteriorating due to the appearance of Islamic State groups there. Russia keeps a military airbase in Kant near the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Polina Devitt

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