MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that arms sales abroad have continued to increase over the past year.
The Russian leader added that Moscow’s positions on the global arms market have continued to strengthen despite Western sanctions.
Russian arms shipments abroad this year included the delivery of the S-400 air defense missile systems to Turkey — a deal that vexed Washington.
Putin said Russian arms manufacturers now have foreign orders totaling $50 billion.
During the meeting, Putin urged Russian officials to pay special attention to arms sales to Africa and show a “flexible” approach to deliveries and payments. Russia hosted an Africa summit in October in a bid to expand its clout on the continent by touting military aid and economic projects.