Russia's Shoigu meets Iranian counterpart, says ready to expand military co-operation, says RIA

Russian Defence Minister Shoigu attends a government meeting in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - 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)