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Georgia overtook CIS countries in arms race2010-03-17 17:19
Despite the economic crisis and falling GDP, the military budget of Georgia keeps growing.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Georgian government spends 4.56 per cent of the GDP for defense - the Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
In 2009 USD 519 mln were allocated from budget for military needs. It exceeds expenses of any other CIS member country. Armenia is the second in the list with 4.07 per cent of GDP.
The aforesaid USD 519 mln don't include the military and humanitarian aid fro the USA and NATO. In the framework of the aid for recovery after August war Georgia has already received USD 1bn, out of them 50 mln are aimed for military purposes only. The fact was confirmed by James Steinberg, the U.S. deputy Secretary of State.
NATO also allocates significant sums. Past week the annual program of NATO and Georgia cooperation was discussed at the sitting in Brussels. According to Georgi Baramidze, the State Minister for Integration, it implies continuation of reforms, aimed for reinforcement of democracy, defense, security, and economy.