As the newspaper’s journalists managed to find out, in 2022 only Poland bought howitzers, fighters and multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) from Seoul for 12.4 billion rubles.
At the same time, South Korea does not want to openly oppose Moscow, with whom it hopes to cooperate, especially in the context of tense rhetoric from Pyongyang (DPRK).
According to the article’s authors, Seoul continues to “walk a tightrope,” balancing friendship with Washington and its own interests.
The Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has reported that South Korea is one of the world’s largest arms exporters. It ranked eighth out of 25 countries with a 2.8 percent share. In 2022, Seoul increased its exports to a record $17.3 billion.