Russian arms sales to S-E Asia take a hit from Ukraine war

Sanctions and poor performance in battle make it harder to maintain market share.

Russia’s heavy weapons on parade at a Victory Day rehearsal in April. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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In the past two months, for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, defence companies were able to gather at industry shows in Kuala Lumpur and Manila to exhibit their wares.

But Russia, the world's second largest exporter of arms after America, was  conspicuously absent from both.

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