… from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: Russia’s defense spending is not comparable in any way with the US as it is not supporting a huge international forward base deployment with the largest international force projection power. No one can threaten the US militarily so our military is not primarily to defend from a traditional military threat.
Our military is being used for economic concern enforcement all over the world, evidenced by the disappearing of the term “our national security interests” in top brass briefings. The new term they use now is “our interests”, which is any damn thing that they want it to mean.
Russia is totally on defense so besides its nuclear retaliation forces is defending it borders primarily, much less expensive to do in terms of ground offense. This is why they let their military slide downhill while investing in a peace economy with foreign trade until Western powers decided they did not want a peaceful situation anymore as that did not generate enough defense spending needs… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … Decemeber 15, 2015 –
Russia’s Defense Ministry has announced an increase in future military equipment procurement, citing NATO’s “unfriendly” policies and the Takfiri threat in the region.
The announced plans included the annual purchase of some 200 planes and helicopters, up to 30 ships and submarines, and around 600 armored vehicles, the UPI reported on Tuesday.
“The state program for armaments extending till 2021 will increase the share of modern weapons and military hardware to no less than 70 percent,” said Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General Valery Gerasimov during a press briefing in Moscow.
The announcement came as the Russia Defense Ministry voiced concerns over the increase of NATO’s military activities along Russia’s borders, and the increase of global militant terrorism and extremism.
“First of all, the NATO military policy, unfriendly towards Russia, is a matter of concern,” read a Defense Ministry statement, adding, “The alliance expands its military presence and enhances the activity of its armed forces along the borders of the Russian Federation.”
Russia’s announcement comes as NATO-Moscow relations are at their lowest since the Cold War.