Despite the increase in spending on defense and security of the country, all social obligations are being fulfilled. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced this on October 5.
“To say that we overspend a lot of money on guns and forget about oil is not true. “I want to emphasize that everything, namely all previously announced development plans, achievement of strategic goals and all social obligations undertaken by the state to the population are all being fully implemented,” Putin said.
During the plenary session of the Valdai International Discussion Club, the president indicated that spending on defense and state security has increased approximately double. Currently their volume is 6%.
Earlier, on October 3, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that supporting Russian military personnel and the country’s defense capabilities are considered a priority for the country’s budget. According to him, the resources planned for next year make it possible to fully meet the needs of the special operation. The total amount of spending on national defense will be 10.8 trillion rubles.
Prior to this, on September 29, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the CIS Council of Defense Ministers that the world situation obliges countries to have strong armed forces. In particular, he pointed out the need for a highly equipped army.
Back on September 22, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin noted that when preparing the draft three-year budget, the government tried to guarantee the fulfillment of social obligations. According to him, none of them will be left without funding.
On that day, the country’s government prepared a draft of a new three-year budget. It was compiled on the basis of a forecast of high growth rates of the Russian economy – about 2.2–2.3% in 2024–2026.