Source Pravda.Ru

Lack of finance prevents Russian army from switching over to contractual basis

It is impossible now to put all the Russian army on a contractual basis, because the state lacks financial resources, Vasily Smirnov, a Russian General Staff spokesman, said on Wednesday. He was speaking at a session of the upper house of parliament that met to discuss the progress in the military reform of the country.

By way of experiment, one of the airborne divisions based in the north-western city of Pskov was put on a contractual basis in Russia recently. This experiment alone required 2.7 billion roubles (about 86 mln dollars), said the spokesman. So, according to him, men "should serve in parallel" as draftees and under a contract in Russia's armed forces.

The need for a military reform has been debated in the country for several years now. The reform provides for a reduction of the army, but the Russian top brass is against it.

Comments
Paris Peace Forum: A First Step but watch the Lobbies
Russia unveils nuclear-powered interstellar spaceship
Russia close to recognising Donetsk and Luhansk republics after Donbass elections
Russia close to recognising Donetsk and Luhansk republics after Donbass elections
Mikhail Gorbachev shares his thoughts on nuclear war
2018: A critical lack of common sense in world governance
Capital outflow from Russia sets new records
Russian PM threatens not to go to World Economic Forum in Davos
Russian PM threatens not to go to World Economic Forum in Davos
Russia close to recognising Donetsk and Luhansk republics after Donbass elections
On the report of Human Rights Watch against the DPRK
World War I: Remembering the fallen, and the war criminals
Russian Foreign Minister negotiates with terrorists in Moscow
2018: A critical lack of common sense in world governance
The world ready to help Iran circumvent US 'revolutionary' sanctions
Russia unveils nuclear-powered interstellar spaceship
Russia unveils nuclear-powered interstellar spaceship
Russian Foreign Minister negotiates with terrorists in Moscow
Russia negotiates with terrorists in Moscow
Russia negotiates with terrorists in Moscow
Moving inexorably towards war