The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 19 December that it had donated defence equipment to Tajikistan as part of an effort to modernise the Central Asia country’s armed forces.
The military products, which included small arms, artillery, armoured vehicles helicopters, communication and air defence systems, along with logistical, medical, and survey equipment, were formally handed over during a ceremony held that same day at the Tajikistani capital, Dushanbe.
The delivery took place “in accordance with the modernisation programme for Tajikistan’s armed forces”, said the MoD in Moscow, adding that Russia sees the move as important to enhancing the fighting capabilities of one of its allies at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), especially along the Tajikistani-Afghan border.
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