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Ukraine Must Avoid Military Budget Cuts - National Security Secretary

© AP Photo / Irina GorbasevaUkrainian tanks move near Mariupol, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Ukrainian tanks move near Mariupol, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said that "despite all difficulties, the spending on security and defense in Ukraine's budget for the next year must not decrease."

Ukrainian servicemen marching before the Mother Motherland monument in Kiev, with a Ukrainian and European Union flag fluttering in the background. - Sputnik International
Ukraine to Maintain Military Spending
KIEV (Sputnik) — Ukraine should not cut its defense budget next year, Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said Thursday.

Turchynov said that "despite all difficulties, the spending on security and defense [in Ukraine's budget for the next year] must not decrease."

The government must provide its army with modern weaponry and equipment, as well as guarantee a decent salary to Ukrainian military staff, Turchynov added.

According to Ukraine's military doctrine, Kiev must allocate at least 3 percent of the country's GDP for defense. In September, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said it needed a $3.1-billion funding for 2016.

On Tuesday, Russian media reported that Moscow would increase the country's 2016 defense budget by $4.14 billion to a total of $48 billion.

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