European states doubled arms imports in past five years, SIPRI says

18. 3. 2024

European states imported almost double the amount of arms in 2019 to 2023 compared to 2014 to 2018, a leading conflict think-tank said on Monday, as Ukraine emerged as the largest European arms importer after the invasion by Russia in 2022.

European imports grew by 94% between 2019 and 2023 compared to 2014 to 2018, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a statement. Ukraine was the fourth largest importer in the world between 2019 to 2023, after at least 30 states supplied military aid to Ukraine from February 2022.