MOSCOW, May 24. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu believes that there should be more people in Russia who observe NATO's activity at the borders of the country, he said in the Federation Council.
"I would like to see more people beginning to see clearly. This is what our work in public events focuses on, which we hold quite regularly," Shoigu said.
According to him, the Russian army has become more open and informative in this regard.
Russia’s Defense Ministry has achieved a strategic parity with NATO states despite less financing, he went on.
Russia’s military budget is 9.1% that of the United States and is one-third less than China. Annual spending on one serviceman reaches $510,000 in the US, $377,000 in the UK, $170,000 in China and $54,000 in Russia, he said.
"At this level of financing, last year we managed to increase the combat capabilities of the Armed Forces by 14%, and also to ensure strategic parity with NATO countries," the minister noted.