In 2019, the funding of the security sector and defense of Ukraine may be about 200 billion UAH (at least 5% of GDP). This was announced by the Secretary of the Council of national security and defence (NSDC) of Ukraine Aleksandr Turchinov, the press service of the NSDC.
Today, August 27, Turchynov held a meeting with participation of first Vice Prime Minister – Minister of economic development and trade Stepan Kubiv, Minister of Finance Oksana Markarova, defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, interior Minister Arsen Avakov, heads of other security agencies.
According to Turchynov, according to the forecast of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the GDP in 2019 will amount to 3 trillion 946 billion.
“So the financing of the security sector and defense of Ukraine, which shall not be less than 5% of GDP, will be about 200 billion UAH”, – he said.
The NSDC Secretary also added that among the priority areas of funding for next year is planned, in particular, the development and acquisition of modern high-precision missile weapons (missile systems, including cruise missiles), artillery weapons, armored vehicles, precision weapons, ammunition and special chemistry products, strengthening the air defense system of the state and capabilities of aviation of Air forces of Armed forces of Ukraine.
It is also planned to Finance the implementation of state policy in the sphere of cybersecurity, the implementation of measures for the development and modernization of special communication and information protection, modern arrangement of experimental test sites for testing rockets, ammunition and the like.
“One of the important priorities of the defense budget is the implementation of social guarantees for servicemen, primarily to increase their cash collateral that is necessary to preserve the professional core of the Armed forces of Ukraine, National guard of Ukraine and other force structures,” – said Turchinov.
After the formation of the defense budget it will be approved at the meeting of the NSDC of Ukraine and submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers.
Recall that in the state budget for 2018 laid 83,3 billion UAH for the Ministry of defence. Of these, 156 million was provided for the national security Council.
In addition, the chief of the General staff of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko reported earlier that Ukraine plans to spend 250 million dollars military aid from USA for medicine, air defense and electronic warfare. It is planned that these funds will be obtained in 2019.