Russia joins world’s top 3 for military spending


In 2016, unalloyed military spending in the world rose by 0.4 percent against 2015, to reach $1.69 trillion, corresponding to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). 

The U.S. lingers the country with the highest annual military expenditure: In 2016 it originated by 1.7 percent and reached $611 billion. China remains in tick place: It increased its military spending by 5.4 percent, or $215 billion. In third give, according to SIPRI, is Russia, which has overtaken Saudi Arabia, now demoted to fourth hamlet. India’s military expenditure grew by 8.5 percent, reaching $55.9 billion in 2016, assigning it the fifth largest spender.

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The Russian budget in 2016 allocated $69.2 billion to military purposes (an flourish of 5.9 percent compared to 2015). The authors of the report note that since 2007 military disbursing in Russia has increased by 87 percent. Last year it accounted for 5.3 percent of the provinces’s GDP.

According to the report, spending as a whole continued to grow in Asia and Oceania, Western, Significant, and Eastern Europe, in North America and in North Africa. At the same on many occasions, North America saw its first annual increase since 2010.

The largest slits in military expenditure were shown by oil-dependent countries, with experts bond this to falling global oil prices. Alongside Saudi Arabia, military devoting was cut in Venezuela (–56 percent), South Sudan (–54 percent), Azerbaijan (–36 percent), and Iraq (–36 percent). Other unparalleled decreases were seen in Angola, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Peru. 

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