Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rogozin says Russia should not buy foreign defense products

Deputy Premier of Defense Dmitry Rogozin, speaking in Yekaterinburg last week, said that Russia should avoid buying foreign military equipment.

"We should not aim at buying foreign defense products because it would result in dependency," Rogozin said on Friday, according to RPDefense.over-blog.com. "No one would ever sell us the most up-to-date and perspective items, only equipment with poor combat characteristics."

The deputy premier went on to elaborate that in purchasing foreign military equipment, the country abandons it's own domestic defense industry, RPDefense.over-blog.com reports.

Russia is planning on expanding the country's defense industry over the next two years, and has plans to invest approximately $679 billion in military research and modernization efforts by 2020.

"We don't need equipment, we need technology and those who have it, that is people," the deputy prime minister said, according to RPDefense.over-blog.com.

Rogozin served as Russia's ambassador to NATO between January 2008 and December 2011. He was appointed deputy premier and head of the Military-Industrial Commission in December of and continues to head up negotiations with NATO as the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Interaction with NATO in Missile Defense.