RUSSIA INCREASE SHARE OF WORLD ARMS TRADE. Russia increased
its share of the world arms trade from 4.4 percent in 1998
to 6.6 percent in 1999, "Nezavisimoe voennoe obozrenie"
reported on 27 October, but it still is in fourth place
behind the U.S., the U.K., and France. Roosvooruzhenie
chief Aleksei Ogarev said that if Turkey purchses Russian
helicopters, Russian arms exports in 2000 will reach nearly
$4 billion (see "RFE/RL Security Watch," 30 October 2000).
Meanwhile, Duma Defense Committee Chairman General Andrei
Nikolayev told "Krasnaya gazeta" on 28 October that weapons
sales are central to the conduct of Russian foreign policy
because the countries that purchase arms will inevitably
look to the country which supplied them for leadership.
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