Will Russia’s Spluttering Economy Affect its Military Strength?

While the Russia economy is in dire straits due to sanctions and low oil prices, it hasn’t stopped the Kremlin from increasing its military budget by 33 per cent.

There are plenty of interesting facts and sign posts in this 90 second BBC report above about Russia’s plans for their military expansion this year.

This all comes at a time when tensions are high between Russia and NATO due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Some commentators are saying:

The situation in Ukraine is as dangerous as the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Wednesday in Minsk to have further discussions on the crisis.

See the video below for more on that.

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