According to the 2017 draft federal budget of the Russian Federation (RF), a cut in national defense spending is planned. Some experts interpret this as a reason for optimism as it would seem that Russia is not seeking to escalate military conflicts in the coming year. What is really behind the planned reduction in military spending? Will there really be a cut? And is the degree of military spending indeed directly commensurate with Russia’s combat readiness?
Military spending: from “reset” to …read more