December 23, 2015 / 11:08 AM / 4 years ago

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attend a meeting on Russian air force's activity in Syria at the national defence control centre in Moscow, Russia, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/SPUTNIK/Kremlin

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.

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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