Russian Defense Ministry announced its future procurement plans, citing the expansion of radical extremism and what it calls "unfriendly" NATO policies.What is the difference between Russia and the US? Putin told his people that with the falling oil price and sanctions that growth would slow. He then told them that they should be prepared for sacrifice because they needed to increase defense spending to deal with threats to the nation.
Russia's military procurement plans include the purchase of roughly 200 planes and helicopters, up to 30 surface ships and submarines, and an additional 600 armored vehicles per year.
"The state program for armaments extending till 2021 will increase the share of modern weapons and military hardware to no less than 70 percent," General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, Russia's Deputy Defense Minister told Russian state-owned news agency TASS at a press briefing.
The announcement came as Russian Defense Ministry expressed concerns for growing militant terrorism, radical extremism, and increased NATO military activity.
"First of all, the NATO military policy, unfriendly towards Russia, is a matter of concern," The Russian Defense Ministry wrote on its Facebook page. "The alliance expands its military presence and enhances the activity of its armed forces along the borders of the Russian Federation."
In the US we have our officials telling the public to go on with their lives and to start a Nazi like "if you see something, say something" campaign.
The Russians are gearing up despite economic troubles and are girding their people to work toward making their nation safe. We're saying to shop till you drop.
Interesting contrast in messaging isn't it?