Increased weaponry sales in the world

Increased weaponry sales in the world – America’s first America beforeRussia on the decline, France on the rise The US has increased its lead as the world’s first country in weaponry trade. Germany remains the world’s fourth-largest arms exporter. The largest amount of weapons goes to the Middle East. The world is facing major wars as the arms trade is booming. No other country exports weapons like the US. While Saudi Arabia is the largest buyer of weapons in the world. These are just some of the key findings of the Stockholm Pacific Institute for Studies report, SIPRI. When comparing the data for the period 2015 – 2019 with those of 2010 – 2014 it can be seen that: World trade in weapons has increased by 5%, while compared to the period 2005-2009 even by 20%. But the rise in arms trade varies widely depending on the different regions. Most weapons have been sold in the world’s leading crisis region – in the Middle East, where trade has increased by 61% in just five years. SIPRI expert Pieter Wezeman says in a conversation with Deutsche Wellen that “the likelihood of a new conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia in this region is worrying.” America’s largest arms dealer in the world. The country has increased arms sales by 23%, while Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are among the top US weapons destinations. Meanwhile, one-third of the weapons traded in the world are of American origin. The US has the world’s most developed weapons industry, and arms sales represent one of the most important parts of foreign policy and security for Washington. “They export weapons to forge friendships and find allies. In this way, they ensure co-operation in the military field,” SIPRI experts say. Russia on the decline, France on the rise Russia remains the world’s second largest exporter of weapons, but the gap between Russia and the US has grown. Russian arms sales have fallen by 18% in the last five years. The world’s third-largest arms exporter is France, which has increased its arms exports by 72% in the last five years. This increase, according to expert Max Mutschler from the International Center for Conversion (BICC), is mostly based on the sale of fighter jets. The largest contracts have been made with Egypt, Qatar and India. France has mostly sold aircraft and warships. In fourth place is Germany, which is among the top five countries that export more than 3/4 of the world’s weapons. While the German government claims it is pursuing a “restrictive” arms export policy. But in the period from 2015 – 2019 German exports increased 17%. By 2018 Saudi Arabia has been among Germany’s biggest customers. But after the killing of journalist Kashoggi, Germany has banned arms exports to Riyadh. German exports BICC expert Mutschler claims that the increase in German exports is also noticeable due to the fact that large quantities of German weapons go to countries outside NATO. “Algeria, for example, is in third place,” says Mutschler. Qatar and Egypt are also among the countries most heavily exported with German weapons. “By 2019 Germany has exported nearly 50% of its weapons to third countries, and wars with neighboring countries are often fought. So to call German policy ‘restrictive’ is, in my opinion, a euphemism,” Mutschler said. The German government’s report for 2019 states that weapons worth 800 million euros were exported to Egypt in the first half of the year. Gun sales have also been approved in the United Arab Emirates, which for years have been active in the bloody war in Yemen. SIPRI experts estimate that worldwide arms sales amount to $ 80-100 billion annually. This means that arms sales account for less than 1% of world trade annually. So experts say we should be skeptical when it comes to arguing that arms exports are one of the most important elements of the world economy. – America’s first America beforeRussia on the decline, France on the rise The US has increased its lead as the world’s first country in arms trade. Germany remains the world’s fourth-largest arms exporter. The largest amount of weapons goes to the Middle East. The world is facing major wars as the arms trade is booming. No other country exports weapons like the US. While Saudi Arabia is the largest buyer of weapons in the world. These are just some of the key findings of the Stockholm Pacific Institute for Studies report, SIPRI. When comparing the data for the period 2015 – 2019 with those of 2010 – 2014 it can be seen that: World trade in weapons has increased by 5%, while compared to the period 2005-2009 even by 20%. But the rise in arms trade varies widely depending on the different regions. Most weapons have been sold in the world’s leading crisis region – in the Middle East, where trade has increased by 61% in just five years. SIPRI expert Pieter Wezeman says in a conversation with Deutsche Wellen that “the likelihood of a new conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia in this region is worrying.” America’s largest arms dealer in the world. The country has increased arms sales by 23%, while Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are among the top US weapons destinations. Meanwhile, one-third of the weapons traded in the world are of American origin. The US has the world’s most developed weapons industry, and arms sales represent one of the most important parts of foreign policy and security for Washington. “They export weapons to forge friendships and find allies. In this way, they ensure co-operation in the military field,” SIPRI experts say. Russia on the decline, France on the rise Russia remains the world’s second largest exporter of weapons, but the gap between Russia and the US has grown. Russian arms sales have fallen by 18% in the last five years. The world’s third-largest arms exporter is France, which has increased its arms exports by 72% in the last five years. This increase, according to expert Max Mutschler from the International Center for Conversion (BICC), is mostly based on the sale of fighter jets. The largest contracts have been made with Egypt, Qatar and India. France has mostly sold aircraft and warships. In fourth place is Germany, which is among the top five countries that export more than 3/4 of the world’s weapons. While the German government claims it is pursuing a “restrictive” arms export policy. But in the period from 2015 – 2019 German exports increased 17%. By 2018 Saudi Arabia has been among Germany’s biggest customers. But after the killing of journalist Kashoggi, Germany has banned arms exports to Riyadh. German exports BICC expert Mutschler claims that the increase in German exports is also noticeable due to the fact that large quantities of German weapons go to countries outside NATO. “Algeria, for example, is in third place,” says Mutschler. Qatar and Egypt are also among the countries most heavily exported with German weapons. “By 2019 Germany has exported nearly 50% of its weapons to third countries, and wars with neighboring countries are often fought. So to call German policy ‘restrictive’ is, in my opinion, a euphemism,” Mutschler said. The German government’s report for 2019 states that weapons worth 800 million euros were exported to Egypt in the first half of the year. Gun sales have also been approved in the United Arab Emirates, which for years have been active in the bloody war in Yemen. SIPRI experts estimate that worldwide arms sales amount to $ 80-100 billion annually. This means that arms sales account for less than 1% of world trade annually. So experts say we should be skeptical when it comes to arguing that arms exports are one of the most important elements of the world economy.

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