The export of weapons by Dutch companies rose 22% to €408m last year, according to Swedish research group Sipri, quoted in the Volkskrant.
In global terms, the weapons trade rose 25% to some $30bn, Sipri said. The growth, based on ‘sales, gifts and production licences’, is due to ‘an amalgam of regional conflicts,’ researcher Pieter Wezeman told the paper.
The US accounts for some 30% of the weapons trade, followed by Russia on 24% and Germany on 9%.
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