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SIPRI: Arms imports by Azerbaijan were 20 times higher than those of Armenia in 2012–16


The volume of international transfers of major weapons has grown continuously since 2004 and increased by 8.4 per cent between 2007–11 and 2012–16, according to new data on arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), APA reported. 

 

The five biggest exporters—the United States, Russia, China, France and Germany—together accounted for 74 per cent of the total volume of arms exports.

 

Notably, transfers of major weapons in 2012–16 reached their highest volume for any five-year period since the end of the cold war.

 

The flow of arms increased to Asia and Oceania and the Middle East between 2007–11 and 2012–16, while there was a decrease in the flow to Europe, the Americas and Africa.

 

Fifty countries purchased military equipment from Russia in this period. Azerbaijan’s arms imports from Russia made 4 per cent. The US sold military equipment and weapons to 100 countries.

 

Imports by Azerbaijan were 20 times higher than those of Armenia in 2012–16.

 

Algeria was the largest arms importer in Africa with 46 per cent of all imports to the region.

 

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