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The United States and Russia are the world's biggest exporters of arms.






March 19, 2012

India is the world's leading importer of weapons, while the United States and Russia are responsible for about half of the globe's arms exports, according to a new study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The report says that between 2007 and 2011, India accounted for about 10 percent of all world weapons imports, with most arms coming to India from Russia, followed by Britain and Israel.

During the same period, the report said, the volume of international weapons sales was 24 percent higher than between 2002 and 2006.

SIPRI, an independent institute that specializes in arms control and disarmament issues, said the other top importers all came from Asia: South Korea, Pakistan, China, and Singapore, which together accounted for almost one-third of all international arms imports.

The report said European countries accounted for 19 percent of world arms imports, the Middle East 17 percent, North and South America 11 percent, and Africa 9 percent.

While India was the world's largest importer, regional rival Pakistan was the third largest, with 5 percent of the world's weapons imports.

The SIPRI report said that Pakistan had received a significant number of combat aircraft from China, adding that both Pakistan and India were also continuing to order large quantities of tanks.

The report said China, which was the world's top arms importer in 2006 and 2007, was now ranked fourth. The study says the decline in Chinese imports comes as Beijing seeks to develop its domestic arms industry and decrease its reliance on outside supply.

China is the sixth-largest world exporter of weapons behind the United States, Russia, Germany, France, and Britain.

SIPRI said the U.S., the world's top exporter, accounted for 30 percent of global arms exports, selling arms to more than 80 countries.

It said Russia's share of the global arms trade stood at about 24 percent.

SIPRI said Syria's arms imports increased by almost 600 percent between 2007 and 2011, compared with the previous five-year period, and said longtime Damascus ally Russia supplied 72 percent of Syrian arms purchases.

The study did not specify the volume of Russian weapons exports after the opposition uprising in Syria began in March 2011.

The report says Russian arms sales to Syria between 2007 and 2011 included air-defense systems and anti-ship missiles. Although the study points out that such systems and missiles have no use in the current conflict between the Syrian regime and opposition forces, it does say the arms have improved the regime's ability to defend itself against foreign intervention.

With AP and AFP reporting



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During the cold war they had to build themselves up so much, that now they ended up having the biggest military machine and industry. Lol almost sounds like I'm saying "military industrial complex" of Eisenhower haha. But I'm no liberal I'm all for military power and the world is such that nations need these weapons. India of all nations buying all those weapons, I never hear pacifists blaming India for buying the arms, they only blame America for selling them. They probably think Russia doesnt sell, when Russia and China are huge arms dealers, two of the biggest, with America also.
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During the cold war they had to build themselves up so much, that now they ended up having the biggest military machine and industry. Lol almost sounds like I'm saying "military industrial complex" of Eisenhower haha. But I'm no liberal I'm all for military power and the world is such that nations need these weapons. India of all nations buying all those weapons, I never hear pacifists blaming India for buying the arms, they only blame America for selling them. They probably think Russia doesnt sell, when Russia and China are huge arms dealers, two of the biggest, with America also.
Some people, lefty liberals mostly with cabbage for brains, do blame India. But, India's unique dilemma of being surrounded by failing states and two hostile nuclear armed states must be understood to realise the true scenario.

I blame no one either for selling or buying arms, everyone has their own aims and what each nation does is up to them as long as they are responsible about their doctrines and do not, for ex., use terrorists as auxillary forces.
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In India maybe, but in the rest of the world they see all those nations BUYING weapons, but would rather point fingers at the sellers.

Its like drugs, you often see the dealers being blamed, but the buyers who are the REAL ones feeding the market are never blamed.

And the leftists want to legalize drugs as a smart ass solution. Yeah guess what? The mafia will find something else to sell illegally the mafia needs to live, they wont be destroyed by legalizing drugs, nor will the military solution work, it will stop when people stop taking hard drugs once and for all.

Terrorism same thing, TSA searches, the war on terror can do so much, but when people STOP supporting terrorists it will end and only then will it stop being a problem. Reason I am so angry at leftists they enable terrorists again and again throughout history!
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