President: General Expenditures for Defence and Security Have Already Exceeded 5% of GDP
(Source: Ukraine Ministry of Defence; issued March 20, 2017)
President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that the state created preconditions for economic development and beginning of restoration and improvement of the living standards. However, such path of state development is not satisfactory for some people both outside and inside Ukraine. A significant part of the Ukrainian political community is still guided by the principle “the worse, the better”, as stated by the President.

The Head of State is confident that serious political risks endanger the economy and welfare of the people. “For us to understand that something has already been achieved, thus, we have something to lose. There is a great danger to fall back. And then, all the victims, all suffering of people would be vain,” he noted. The President would like the Ukrainian reality not to be associated with Sisyphus who has been rolling an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it come back, repeating this action for eternity.

“The key menace is Russian military threat. And it comes not only from the occupied areas of Donbas, it is brooding along the whole border line with Russia. The right answer to this challenge is the only one: if in early 2014, expenditures for the defence equalled 1% of GDP, in 2016 we have raised them to 3.2%. And we may have to further increase it. If we take into account general expenditures for defence and security, they have already exceeded 5% of GDP,” the President stressed.

According to the Head of State, the rebirth and reinforcement of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has forced the Kremlin to multiply their efforts on the internal destabilization in Ukraine. “Information war, spreading fake news, instigation of panic and disbelief. Stimulation and simulation of protest movements and manipulation in one’s own interests by some far right groups. Promotion of a wicked idea of early elections to increase the representation of pro-Kremlin forces, sending subversive groups to Ukraine and preparation of terrorist attacks — this list of Kremlin’s tools is far from being complete,” he emphasized.

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