Report: Armenia’s arms imports equal to only 4 percent of Azerbaijan’s

Baku: Azerbaijan ranks second for arms imports among European countries

Arms imports have increased by 16 percent from 2010 to 2014 compared to 2005-2009, according to the report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), APA reports.

According to the report, the United States, Russia, China, Germany and France are the top arms exporters worldwide – 74 percent of the world’s weapons sales.

The US and Russia make 58 percent of weapons imports worldwide.

The United States sells arms to 94 countries.

Azerbaijan is mentioned in the “arms imports” section of the report.

Azerbaijan is a country in conflict with Armenia, and the tension between the two countries escalated in 2014. Compared to 2005-2009, Azerbaijan increased weapons imports by 249 percent in 2010-2014. The UK was the largest weapons importer in Europe (receiving 14 percent of deliveries), followed by Azerbaijan (13 percent). Azerbaijan imports 85 percent of the arms from Russia. Armenia’s arms imports makes 4 percent of Azerbaijan’s.

The report says that it remains unclear when and from where de facto armed forces of Nagorno-Karabakh have acquired their weapons. It is likely that Armenia has supplied some of the weapons.

SOURCE: Azeri Press News Agency