In the heart of Europe, the primacy of military spending

Romania first in the world for increase. Poland at the top for the army in Central Europe
In the heart of Europe, the primacy of military spending
03 May 10:51 2018 Print This Article

Romania has recorded the strongest relative growth in military spending in the world: four billion dollars in 2017, + 50% compared to 2016. This is revealed by the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), presented today. The SIPRI has specified that the strong increase recorded in Romania is due to the fact that the country has “started to implement its 2017-26 plan for military procurement, modernization and expansion” of the armed forces. Sipri also reported an increase in military spending in Central Europe in 2017, “driven by the threat of perceived Russia in many countries”.
The Sipri report, however, affirms at the same time that Russia has instead recorded a decrease of 20% in military spending in 2017 and that the figure of last year is the first since 1998 to this part.

In the world ranking of military spending, Russia remains in fourth place, after the US, China and Saudi Arabia.

The increase in military spending in Central Europe was 12% during 2027 for a total of 24.1 billion dollars. “Military spending” in the region “has grown for the fourth consecutive year, while other significant increases have been recorded in Lithuania and Latvia (+ 21%).

According to SIPRI data, in 2017 Poland had the largest expenditure in Central Europe, with 42% of the total.

Global military spending grew by 1.1% compared to 2016. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute is an independent research institute in the field of conflict, armaments and disarmament. Its database on military expenditure provides data for the period 1949-2017.

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