Russia fuels Syrian arms increase of 580% (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 03/19/12)
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The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on
Monday published a report finding that Russian arms imports to Syria
contributed to a 580 percent increase in the volume of Syrian arms
imports from 2007-2011 as compared to 2002-2006.
Russia supplied 78% of Syria’s arms imports in 2007–11. During 2011,
Russia continued deliveries of Buk-M2E SAM systems and Bastion-P
coastal defense missile systems to Syria, as well as securing an
order for 36 Yak-130 trainer/combat aircraft.
Besides the situation in Syria, the report also notes that major arms
suppliers continued to deliver weapons to countries involved in the
events of the Arab Spring, despite the uncertainty surrounding the
intentions of the new regimes.
The US completed a review in 2011 of its arms transfer policies
towards the region, but continues to provide significant arms to both
Tunisia and Egypt. In 2011, the US delivered 45 M-1A1 tanks to Egypt
and agreed to deliver 125 more.
“The transfer of arms to states affected by the Arab Spring has
provoked public and parliamentary debate in a number of supplier
states. However, the impact of these debates on states´ arms export
policies has, up to now, been limited,” stated Mark Bromley, senior
researcher with SIPRI.
Unconnected to the Arab Spring, the report notes that in 2011 Saudi
Arabia placed an order with the US for 154 F-15SA combat aircraft,
the largest arms deal for at least two decades.
Meanwhile, globally, Asia and Oceania accounted for 44% of global
arms imports, followed by Europe (19%), the Middle East (17%), the
Americas (11%) and Africa (9%). India was the world’s largest
recipient of arms, accounting for 10% of global arms imports, the
next four largest being South Korea (6%), Pakistan (5%), China (5%)
and Singapore (4%). “Major Asian importing states are seeking to
develop their own arms industries and decrease their reliance on
external sources of supply,” said Pieter Wezeman, senior researcher
The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database contains information on all
international transfers of major conventional weapons from 1950 to
present. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/19/12)
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