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 One of top priorities is contract servicemen wages increase, - Poroshenko at NSDC meeting

The president took part in the session of the National Security and Defense Council on funding of the defense and security sector in 2016.

Censor.NET reports citing the press office of the president.

The head of state stressed that the Strategy of National Security of Ukraine set the volume of funding of the security and defense needs at the level of at least 5 percent of GDP. Under the Military Doctrine, at least 3 percent of GDP must be spent directly for defense.

One of the main priorities is the increase in wages of servicemen, first of all contractors, as stated by Petro Poroshenko. "We see that in conditions of the necessity for demobilization, substantial part of soldiers can become contractors," the head of state said.

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Other priorities in funding are the following: intensive training, implementation of the state defense order, expanding the capacity of intelligence agencies, strengthening the counterintelligence protection, fight against terrorism and subversive activities, protection of the state border of Ukraine, modernization of maritime security.

The president noted that Ukraine had already managed to significantly increase the efficiency of the use of funds, in particular due to the volunteer troops in the Ministry of Defence, creation of the office of reform, transition to electronic trading and dismissal of a number of officials on suspicion of corruption.

The head of state stressed that expenditures for defense were based on a relatively optimistic scenario of the situation in the east of Ukraine. "We hope that the truce will last and active hostilities will not take place. But in case of escalation we will have to increase the volume of expenditures," the president stressed.

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The president drew special attention to the fact that the Ukrainian defense spending was at least 20 times lower than that of Russia. "But with such a glaring difference between the Armed Forces, Ukraine has provided and will provide adequate defense of the country," he said.

"Next year, we will keep on combining military and diplomatic efforts. We will surely win, for nobody can contend with us in patriotism and morale. The whole world and the truth is with us in this liberation war. The enemy is on our territory. We must do everything to free our land. In 1.5 years, we've raised the combat capability of the Ukrainian army to the level of the best armies of the continent," the president stressed.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n360273