The UK military budget will increase to $108bn (£100bn) by 2030. This was announced on September 25 by Minister of Defense Ben Wallace to the British newspaper The Telegraph.
“According to the current forecast, we are talking about a defense budget of about £100 billion in 2029-2030. Now it is £48 billion. In eight years, this is a huge amount,” Wallace said.
One of the main priorities of the UK Department of Defense in the formation of the budget will be the development of means to combat drones. Also, according to the minister, spending on intelligence and surveillance will increase significantly.
Wallace also mentioned the promise of British Prime Minister Liz Truss to increase defense spending to 3% of GDP during her election campaign.
Earlier, on September 22, Truss guaranteed to maintain and even increase military assistance to Ukraine with the supply of military equipment. At the same time, the British prime minister noted that no one threatens Russia, and Ukraine “protects the security of the whole world.”
The day before, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also expressed his commitment to Ukraine and his readiness to help her. According to his statement, Washington will continue to supply weapons to Kyiv.
Western countries began to actively arm Ukraine against the backdrop of a special operation carried out by Moscow since February 24 to protect the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Its beginning was preceded by the aggravation of the situation in the region, the appeal of the leadership of the Donbass republics to the Russian Federation with a request for help and the subsequent recognition by Russia of the independence of the DPR and LPR.
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