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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivanov Laments Delay in Arms Orders

The pace in the placement of state arms orders is lagging by two to three months compared with last year, First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Tuesday, Interfax reported.

"Delivery of state-ordered weaponry is around two to three months behind what we had last year," Ivanov said at a meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission.

Ivanov said fulfilling long-term contracts was in danger of being hindered if measures were not taken to amend the situation. He also noted that orders taken out by the government in 2006 were still not being completely fulfilled.

"This includes an agreement signed in December 2005 to complete state defense orders made for 2006," Ivanov said, the agency reported.

Noting that the country's economic performance has allowed for military expenditure to be boosted by 30 percent over the last two years, Ivanov emphasized that state defense orders must be carried out effectively.