Russia raises Military budget by 67% within 3 years

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    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20051109/42037068.html

    MOSCOW, November 9 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin attended a conference of the Armed Forces' command staff in the Defense Ministry Wednesday demanding that the government ensure that the Armed Forces not be commercialized. "I want to draw your attention to preventing the Armed Forces' material base from being used to solve commercial tasks," the president said. Military pay and allowances for the Russian Armed Forces will be raised by 67% in the next three years, with a 15% raise planned for January 1, 2006, the president said.

    Pensions for veterans will be raised accordingly, he said.

    Putin said the country's economy was robust enough to increase spending on the development of the armed forces.

    Putin said that by the end of 2015, the percentage of military spending invested in the development of the army and the navy should be raised to 70%, with the remaining 30% for maintenance.

    "Only in this way will we be able to advance in substantial technical modernization of the armed forces, rather than patching up holes," the president said.

    Putin said the Prosecutor General office and that of the military prosecutor would continue checking up the legality of certain practices in the Armed Forces, including hazing.

    He confirmed plans to reduce the conscription service term to 12 months, beginning January 1, 2008.

    "We must, without cutting the combat efficiency of the army and navy, ensure the reduction of the conscription service term to 12 months from January 1, 2008," Putin said.

    Putin said it was necessary to pay heed to training Armed Forces units to take part in counter terrorist operations.

    He also highlighted progress in improving Russia's nuclear deterrent and said trials had been conducted on weapons systems that could beat all existing anti-missile defense complexes and those in the design stage.

    Russia's permanent combat readiness units should be armed with cutting-edge weapons, Putin said.

    "Special attention should be paid to equipping the Russian Army permanent combat readiness units with high-accuracy weapons and effective reconnaissance and electronic warfare systems, as well as automated command-and-control systems," he said.

    Putin said the Russian Army must constantly be prepared to provide global stability and protect Russia from any military-political pressure or military intimidation.

    Russia's spending on weapons and military hardware in 2006 will grow 1.5 times against 2005, Putin said.

    "I understand that this is a very difficult task," the president said about military modernization. "I had a detailed discussion of this issue with the defense minister, the chief of the General Staff, the prime minister and other departments. This is a difficult task, but it should be solved."

    Putin said the armed forces had witnessed a switch from a stage of prolonged transformation to a stage of planned military development this year.

    "These have been hard years for the country, army and navy... We lived under conditions of unending conflict in the North Caucasus and were unable to solve one problem at a time. It's pleasant to note that the armed forces are starting rhythmic work," Putin said.

    He said the Defense Ministry had managed to improve the quality of command over troops and forces, and that the Armed Forces had been quite effective in countering the recent attack on Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria in the North Caucusus.
     
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    I thought that was relatively small, comparatively speaking.
     
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    Russia has after the USA the biggest military spendings...

    2004 USA had a 6 times larger military budget/spending than Russia (about 70 billion$)

    Now Putin closes the gap with this announcement.
    The funny thing is whilest the West is paying for destruction of old Soviet U-subs with nuclear reactors in Murmansk and Kursk, Russia is meanwhile building new ones...

    So works globalization.

    Russias Army is in a weak condition. Their technology is very good, but never went further than prototypes and then beause of non-money it is left by prototypes...
    This will change now, Russia will modernize its Army.
    From USA position this is not good. But example from European view or chinese view it is indeed very good --> multipolarized world...

    Ukraine, Georgia, Turkmenistan and soon. All influence Regions from Old Soviet state where USA have their fingers within...


    Gazprom has Oilfields under contract larger than Chevron, Texaco, Shell, BP and others together. Gazprom (State-company) bought a month ago Sibnijevt (Abramawoitch Oil company for over 12 Billion $. Abramowitch is owner of Chelasea London)... Gazprom is now a wold player and is state-controlled by Putin...

    It is the USA problem

    --- whether keeping Oil prices high to stop China from growing and Russia getting $$ via Gas and Oil sales (as Gas-price is coupled to Oil-prices..

    or

    --- keeping the Oil price low to stop Russia but let China free drive to economically grow...

    In both cases it is bad for USA...
     

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