According to the global arms transfer report announced by the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the volume of arms transfer in the world increased by 7.8 percent between the years of 2014-2018 compared to 2009-2013.
Leaders in arms exports between the years 2014-2018 have been the United States, Russia, France, China and Germany, and Turkey listed as the 14th by 170 percent increase.
The transfer of arms to the Middle East between 2014-2018 increased by 87 percent compared to 2009-2013 period. 52 percent of the total US arms exports to the Middle East, the report says.
According to the report in DW Turkish, arms exports of South Korea and Turkey in the 2014-2018 period showed a substantial increase. While there was an increase of 94 percent in South Korea, in Turkey the export increased by 170 percent.
The report says that the United Arab Emirates is the first country to which Turkey exports arms the most. Turkey exported 30 percent of its arms during the period 2014-2018 to the United Arab Emirates, 23 percent to Turkmenistan and 10 percent to Saudi Arabia.