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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Defense Budget Up

MOSCOW -- The defense budget will be increased by 50 percent in 2000 "with due account taken of the Chechen factor," Interfax quoted Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Khlebanov as saying Wednesday.

He said the federal authorities are guaranteeing the allocation of the necessary resources for purchasing modern weapons, Interfax reported.

Khlebanov also said that the most up-to-date individual protection and security systems for soldiers and officers are available in Russia. "There are also upgraded fire arms and other types of weapons. Dagestan does not experience any shortages of modern weapons. They have helicopters and the most up-to-date aircraft," he was quoted as saying.