Medvedev, critics said the state support of defence industry

Dmitry Medvedev

The cost of the state defense order is justified, and Russia has taken the second place in the global arms market after the United States. About this Tuesday, February 7, Prime Minister, Chairman of the party “United Russia” Dmitry Medvedev, the correspondent of “”.

“The state defence order was at a record level, almost 99.9 percent. This has never happened before. Exports for military purposes in the framework of MTC (military-technical cooperation approx. “Of the”) brought us roughly about $ 15 billion, which allows us to maintain our position in the arms market”, — he said in his speech at the visiting session of the Duma faction “United Russia” (ER).

Medvedev also recalled that the EP faction that has the majority in Parliament, has been criticized for the high level of state support for defense industry. “But the figures I have just quoted, as the data that my colleagues quoted, is just the best answer to our opponents,” he said.

On 31 January the Prime Minister said that the results of the execution of the defense order in 2016 suggests that “we are on the right track,” RIA Novosti reported. However, he noted that there are problems, including “Roskosmos”, where the results of the work are more modest — an order made by 83 per cent.

On January 14 in an interview with TV channel “Russia-24” the head of Rosatom Alexey Likhachev said that by the end of 2016, the Corporation, working through its nuclear weapons complex and participating in the creation of nuclear weapons, has fulfilled the state defense order by 100 percent.