Mr. President, do you think that a new arms race could plunge us back into another cold war?
I wish it does not happen.
In any case, Russia will be the least affected party because, as I said,
we already have the next generation of weapons, and these are unprecedented, with unmatched capabilities.
In that sense, we have done our homework.
We do not need to rush now and can calmly think of what could be done next.
Military spending also plays a role here.
It may or may not come as a surprise to you but Russia ranks seventh in terms of defense spending.
Saudi Arabia is third.
The US military spending totals 716 billion if I am not mistaken, and next year they asked for 750 billion.
Next comes China with around 177 billion, followed by Saudi Arabia, with 59 billion, right?
Trailing behind are the UK, France, Japan, with 48.1 billion, based on the data I have,
and Russia is only seventh with 48 billion.
However, we have unmatched military capabilities.
What has made it possible?
It comes as a result of focused research on priority areas, and the credit here goes to our specialists,
their ability to identify those areas, mobilise resources
It has been made possible thanks to research institutions, production know-how, fundamental knowledge and competences.
Therefore, an arms race is a bad thing, and it will not be good for the world.
However, we will not be dragged into exorbitant budget spending games.