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Eastern European arms exporters are capitalizing on years of turmoil in the Middle East.That's helped them outstrip global growth in weapons and military equipment sales, which reached 8.4 percent between 2012 and 2016, the biggest five-year jump since 1990, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.As well as playing a decisive role in the war in Syria, President Vladimir Putin's government notched sales of $15 billion last year and this month finalized a deal to supply Turkey with air-defense missiles.
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