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Russia calling the shots in the Middle East arms market. #Russia #SyriaCrisis #military #defense

Russia calling the shots in the Middle East arms market. #Russia #SyriaCrisis #military #defense

Russia is returning to the Middle Eastern arms market, Nikolay Kozhanov of London-based Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, highlights in his recent analytical report. "The Middle Eastern arms market is not new for Russia. The Soviet Union exported weapons to Algeria, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Yemen. But the fall of the USSR led to a drop in Russian arms exports," the academic reveals, adding that in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union the country's military industry was seriously damaged. © Flickr/ poter.simon Golden Age: Russian Weapons in 'High Demand' Thanks to Syria Furthermore, in the early 2000s the region turned into a hotbed with Russian traditional clients being dragged into the chaos of war. By 2012 the main Russian arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, had found itself in a rather vulnerable position after losing its...

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