Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov said in an interview with 5 Channel, Censor.NET reports citing NSDC press service.
He stressed that in accordance with the military budget for 2016, 5 percent of GDP would be allocated for security and defense issues - about UAH 113 bln (approx. $4.77 bln). UAH. "3 percent of GDP will be allocated for defense issues alone," he said.
According to Oleksandr Turchynov, UAH 100 bln will be taken from the general fund while the rest will come at the expense of special funds and government guarantees. "This is a huge amount under the present circumstances, and this is the minimum that allows us to confront the aggression," the secretary stated.
He underlined that these funds should be used to increase salaries of the Ukrainian military, "especially those who will sign a contract with the Armed Forces, the National Guard."
"We have to ensure that soldier's minimum wage be UAH 7,000 (approx $300). Because otherwise, they will lack motivation," Oleksandr Turchynov said.
The NSDC secretary believes that Ukraine should rely on its own resources and therefore, "we need new weapons, we have to strengthen our air defense capabilities, in particular, aerospace reconnaissance and so on. All of these will require significant resources," he concluded.