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Although recent years were showing a sign of declining sales, 2011 saw a massive jump, almost solely by what the report describes as an extraordinary increase in market share by the US, whose massive sales to Saudi Arabia distorted an otherwise downward trend in arms sales.
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A contrarian view is that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac led the way to relaxed underwriting standards, starting in 1995, by advocating the use of easy-to-qualify automated underwriting and appraisal systems, by designing the no-downpayment products issued by lenders, by the promotion of thousands of small mortgage brokers, and by their close relationship to subprime loan aggregators such as Countrywide .  
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In early March 2008, Abkhazia and South Ossetia submitted formal requests for their recognition to Russia's parliament shortly after the West's recognition of Kosovo to which Russia was opposed. Dmitry Rogozin , Russian ambassador to NATO, warned that Georgia's NATO membership aspirations would cause Russia to support the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  The Russian State Duma adopted a resolution on 21 March, in which it called on the President of Russia and the government to consider the recognition.