Russia's 2012 arms exports up 12 percent despite Libya losses

MOSCOW Wed Apr 3, 2013 1:05pm EDT

Russia's President Vladimir Putin oversees large-scale military exercises at the Raevsky training ground in Krasnodar Region March 29, 2013. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russia's President Vladimir Putin oversees large-scale military exercises at the Raevsky training ground in Krasnodar Region March 29, 2013.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's weapons exports rose 12 percent in 2012 to a record $15.2 billion, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks broadcast on Wednesday, despite losing billions of dollars in deals with Libya after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Russia, the second biggest arms exporter after the United States, said its largest clients were in Asia.

Putin, speaking in televised remarks during a meeting with senior Russian officials, said Russia supplied weapons to 66 countries but gave no breakdown for 2012 exports.

State arms exporter Rosoboronexport has said 43 percent of its 2012 exports went to Asia, with India, Vietnam and China among the top clients, while 23 percent went to the Middle East and North Africa and 18 percent to Latin America.

Russia supplied nearly $1 billion in arms to Syria in 2011, but Putin and other officials said last year that it was no longer delivering offensive weapons that could be used in the civil war.

The United States accounts for around 30 per cent of conventional global arms sales, according to Amnesty International.

Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said in February it sold weapons worth $12.9 billion in 2012. The figure did not include spare parts and services from private companies that do not go through Rosoboronexport.

(Reporting By Alexei Anishchuk; editing by Mike Collett-White)

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yeah-sure wrote:
Any article that cites Shamnesty International as a source is flawed from the get-go.

Apr 03, 2013 1:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Asia is just code for China. In every world conflict over the past few generations a Russian armed gov’t has fallen to NATO or US/French armed opposition in almost every theatre of war. The invading arab egyptian forces of the yom kippur war,Iraq vs. NATO,USSR vs. Mujahadeen, etc.

Apr 03, 2013 2:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:
The report indicates that 2011′s arms sales would have been about $13.5 billion, but India signed a deal with Russia in early 2011 worth $30 billion. That order included helicopters and transport aircraft for India to use in a major offensive against Naxalite rebels in 2011. This indicates that the Russian government only counts weapons and munitions and ignores troop carriers and other platforms on which weapons can be mounted for use against enemies. Russia will count rifles and bullets but not telescopic sights, camouflage uniforms, field gear, rations, and first aid kits for snipers. These are interesting distinctions.

Apr 03, 2013 3:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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