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KIEV, March 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine plans to increase its defence and security spending in 2014 by 15.6 percent on the previous year, the Ukrainian finance ministry said on Sunday.
“In line with amendments to the law on the Ukrainian state budget for 2014, defence and security spending has been fixed at 45.5 billion hryvnias [4.26 billion U.S. dollars), or at three percent of the GDP,” the ministry said.
The ministry also said it would cut expenditures on the purchase and servicing of mobile telephones and cars for public-sector employees, and expenditures on capital repairs. The minimal wage will be fixed at the level of December 2013. “It is motivated by considerations of economizing budgetary funds,” the ministry noted.
Nonetheless, it is planned to increase the reserve fund by 6.9 billion hryvnias (642 million U.S. dollars) to finance measures to enhance the national defence capacity. “Bearing this in mind, defence and security spending in 2014 will amount to 52.4 billion hryvnias (4.9 billion U.S. dollars), or 3.4 percent on the GDP. It is by 15.6 percent more than in 2013,” the ministry added.