Russian Defence Spending
Professor Malcolm Chalmers, deputy director general of the Royal United Services Institute, thought it was “striking” that a country in the middle of a war was not spending more on defence. He said: “It’s a significant increase but given the scale of the effort it doesn’t look to me like enough to replace all the weapons and missiles they are losing.” He said replacing the sunk Russian cruiser Moskva would cost hundreds of millions of pounds alone. “They’ve got a lot of losses. This will not restore Russian military capability to what it was before the war”, Chalmers said.