Defence Ministers Mohammad Reza Ashtiani of Iran, Ruslan Zhaksylykov of Kazakhstan, Dong Jun of China and Baktybek Bekbolotov of Kyrgyzstan pose for a picture a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Astana, Kazakhstan, April 26, 2024. REUTERS/Turar Kazangapov

 – Russia is ready to expand military and technical cooperation with Iran, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told his Iranian counterpart Gharaei Ashtiani at a meeting on Friday, the RIA state news agency reported.

Contacts between the countries’ military departments have increased signficantly recently, Shoigu was cited as saying.

The two ministers were attending a meeting in Kazakhstan of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a security grouping that includes Russia, India, China, Iran, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.


(Reporting by Reuters, Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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