At the sessionís non-public part, minister of finance Anton Siluanov announced the maximum amount of the APP project funding as 12 trillion roubles for the entire period till 2025; that speech provoked contentious debates amid military industrialists. In particular, the sum dissatisfied defense minister Sergey Shoygu and vice premier for military industry Dmitry Rogozin.
According to the sources, the military officials insisted on double increase of the sum, up to 24 trillion roubles, for the sake of the national security. In his turn, Siluanov said the budget was not geared to cope with such snowball growth of defense spendings. The insider added that the disputants had failed to settle the issue at once, "so the parties will prepare their reasons and explain their viewpoints".
According to the governmental source, the military and industrialists have pretty strong posture in the debates over increase in arms procurement budgeting, even despite economic problems in Russia. The reason is NATOís buildup of military infrastructure along Russiaís western borders, the need to keep nuclear balance with the US and commercialize new military hardware to replace Soviet projects, as well as to upgrade cost-consuming development works.
There is still some time for discussion, said the official, as the Arms Procurement Program 2025 must be adopted not later than December 2017. Till that deadline, the parties will hold interagency consultations. "The final word will rest with the president though", emphasized the interviewee.
Except for the military, almost all federal authorities protested against cutbacks to funding of their programs, among them are the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Healthcare, the Ministry of North Caucasus Affairs, and the Ministry of Far East Development.