President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that the continuing Russian aggression and military threat to Ukraine from the East will persist in the long term. He stated this on Friday during the taking of the solemn oath of the students of Kyiv military Lyceum, reports “Interfax-Ukraine”.
“Russian aggression that continues, and the military threat from the East, obviously, in the long historical perspective. The determining factors of our security policy and military planning, if we want to survive as a nation, as a people, as a state, we must focus on the safety of at least 5% of our GDP, ” he said.
Need to allocate such large sums to security, as was it may be burdensome for the budget and economy of Ukraine, said Poroshenko. The Ukrainian leader said that Kiev compared to some other countries operates under conditions of limited financial resources.
Speaking to students in Kiev, Poroshenko said that Ukraine’s military budget for 2017 is 64 billion ($2.5 billion), for the purchase and repair of weapons will spend 11 billion ($422 million).
That next year Kyiv will increase the military budget, the national security Council and defence of Ukraine (NSDC) reported in mid-September. As mentioned in the statement of the Ministry, the share of defense spending in 2017 will reach 5% of GDP and will increase by $570 million to $4.9 billion a Day earlier, the message of the NSDC Poroshenko said that Ukraine’s budget for defense and security in 2017 will be allocated 129 billion ($4.9 billion).
In the summer the situation worsened in the Donbass. This week the self-proclaimed militia Donetsk people’s Republic, accused Kiev in an attempt to break through the defensive line. Previously, the militia offered to take weapons from the separation line in the Donbass. The Ukrainian authorities, in turn, is accused of numerous violations of the ceasefire regime of the militias.
The situation in Ukraine should discuss the format of the tripartite conference call between the leaders of Ukraine, Germany and France. On this, as reported yesterday, the press service Poroshenko, the Ukrainian President agreed with the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.