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  • Position : Chairman of the Executive Board; Chairman of the "Trialogue" Club International
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Project Director, Project on Asian Security; Project Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Affiliation : Senior Researcher, Center for International Security, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO
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Arms Trade in the Age of Turbulence: The Crisis in Ukraine, Western Sanctions, and the Russian Defense Industry

Evgeny Buzhinsky, Natalia Kalinina, Vadim Kozyulin, Dmitry Litovkin

Military and technical cooperation remains on the key instruments in today’s foreign policy, the same being true for Russia even against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis and under the press of Western sanctions. Arms exports still have to play the role of a major component of Russian foreign trade and foreign policy aspirations, the turbulent market situation not being an excuse. However, it is no accident that in the past months of 2014 the EU, the USA and Ukraine suspended arms trade with Russia. What is the real impact of this decision for Moscow so far and is it going to mount further? Would Russia be able to effectively refocus its defense industry and exports towards the Asian markets? Finally, is Russian defense industry still capable to meet the high demands of the Russian army for advanced and high-tech weaponry? Leading Russian experts, including the PIR Center graduates, staff and the Executive Board members, contributed to the roundtable aimed to highlight these issues.

Arms Trade in the Age of Turbulence: The Crisis in Ukraine, Western Sanctions, and the Russian Defense Industry (full text)


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Security Index: A Russian Journal on International Security, Volume 20, Issue 3-4, 2014

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