The Soviet Union ranked second after the United States in terms of arms export for many years. Russia picked up the baton from it a quarter of the century ago. Its annual income from arms trade in 2012-2015 is estimated on average at $14.5 billion. The past decade’s feature is a considerable growth of the Russian arms sales in the Middle East. It is designed to serve the strategic objective of Moscow’s policies in the oil-rich, albeit hot, spot of the planet - to become a key player in the region, the Expert weekly notes.
|Russia has recently delivered S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran.|