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Turkey was largest arms buyer from Germany in 2019: report

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Turkey was the largest arms buyer from Germany last year, according to German Finance Ministry data, Deutsche Welle Turkish service reported on Tuesday.

It was followed by Kuwait, the UK, Latvia and Singapore, the report said, adding that the ministry did not disclose information about arms deals with countries such as Australia, Japan, Switzerland and Israel due to security concerns.

The ministry data were compiled in response to a parliamentary question posed by the Left Party’s Sevim Dağdelen.

In 2019 Germany sold €1.1 billion in arms, with an annual increase of 43 percent.

The figure was significantly higher in 2016 and 2017, at €2.5 billion and €2.65 billion, respectively.

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