Russia strengthens its rearmament efforts

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 29.5.2017 13:49

On 24 May, Russia's defence minister Sergei Shoigu informed lawmakers that the military has obtained new weapons to maintain the "strategic parity" with NATO. Specifically, he mentioned a purchase of new Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles for Russia's nuclear forces and the commissioning of three new Borei-class submarines armed with Bulava ICBMs by the Navy.

The speech came during an ongoing discussion over drafting a rearmament agenda through 2025. In mid-May, Putin held a meeting with military leaders to discuss procurement priorities in a follow-on to a 337-billion-dollar rearmament program, which began in 2011 and will expire in 2020. As a result of the meeting, Putin has officially postponed the development of a new aircraft carrier and a new class of nuclear-powered destroyers for the Russian Navy. Even though building up Russia’s nuclear triad remains a main focus of the 2025 program, the full scope of the program remains unknown. Its current direction suggests that in the future we can more likely expect an arms race rather than a cooperation between the West and Russia.

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