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Russia To Increase Defense Spending By 20 Percent


http://gdb.rferl.org/B8387A35-281B-40F9-BCA3-C985C8057113_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/B8387A35-281B-40F9-BCA3-C985C8057113_mw800_mh600.jpg 1 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Russia will increase defense spending by at least 15 to 20 percent next year.

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov made the announcement today during a visit to the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk.

President Vladimir Putin has repeated the need to modernize Russia's military, including its nuclear weapons.

(dpa)
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