UK intelligence services report ‘increased use of classified budget items’
Britain’s intelligence services suggested on Tuesday that Russia’s military spending was “highly uncertain” due to “increased use of secret budget lines”, a practice that could have been more frequent since the invasion of Ukraine began. February 2022 by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Thus, they highlighted that the Stockholm International Peace Studies Institute (SIPRI) indicated in April that Russian military spending increased by 9.2% in 2022 to $86.4 billion (about 80.79 billion euros), a figure equivalent to 4.1 percent of GDP. Total for the Eurasian country.
However, the British intelligence services confirmed that Russia’s real military spending is very uncertain due to the increased use of secret budget items, especially since February 2022, and the lack of transparency “by the Russian authorities.
And they added, according to a message published by the British Ministry of Defense through its account on the social networking site Twitter, that “Russia has recently resumed publishing spending analyzes after it was suspended in May 2022.” They stressed that “it is almost certain that military spending remains high, which is putting pressure on Russian public finances.”
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