December 9, 2015 / 9:23 AM / 4 years ago

Russian PM: we'll stick to defense spending plans

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev chairs a meeting with government members and other officials in Moscow, Russia, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Astafyev/Sputnik/Pool

(Reuters) - Russia will implement its spending plans for defense despite tough financial conditions, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview broadcast on state television on Wednesday.

“Russia cannot sacrifice its defense spending,” Medvedev said. “If we don’t have decent armed forces, we won’t have a country.”

Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Vladimir Soldatkin

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