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Europe’s arms imports are rising amid tensions with Russia, says think tank SIPRI

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March 14, 2022

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Arms shipments to Europe surged amid deteriorating relations with Russia in the five years to 2021, even as the global arms trade slowed, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) think-tank said on Monday.

Compared with the previous five-year period, international transfers of major arms worldwide have shrunk by 5%, SIPRI said in a statement. But imports to countries in Europe rose 19% – the largest growth of any world region.

“The sharp deterioration in relations between most European states and Russia has been a major driver of growth in European arms imports, particularly for states that cannot meet all their needs from their national defense industries,” said SIPRI researcher Pieter Wezeman.

Great Britain, Norway and the Netherlands are Europe’s largest importers, it said. Despite tensions with Russia ahead of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine last month, Ukraine’s imports of large arms have been very limited over the period.

“Other European countries are also likely to increase their armaments imports significantly in the coming decade after they recently placed large orders for large weapons, especially combat aircraft, from the USA,” says the think tank.

The United States remained the world’s largest arms exporter, increasing its market share from 32% to 39%.

SIPRI’s data is based on information and estimates of international arms transfers, including sales, gifts and production under license, and reflects the volume of shipments, not the financial value of the deals.

(Reporting by Anna Ringstrom; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)

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