Asked about the impact of sanctions on the Russian budget and the implementation of government social obligations, Putin announced the parameters of budget reduction for support of the military-industrial complex and the national army:
“Main item of budgetary savings will be in the section of National Defence. In 2011 we spent 2.7% of GDP on defense, while this year, and over the past five years, we have significantly increased the costs up to 4.7%.”
According to the President of the Russian Federation, in 2017 it is planned that the budget expenditure on defense would be 4.3%, and by 2019 it will be reduced to 2.8% of GDP.
Deploying military aggression against Ukraine, Vladimir Putin planned to lure up to nine south-eastern regions of Ukraine in the "Russian world" with the help of FSB "sleeping" special agents, living in Donetsk and Luhansk, the Ukrainian MP Anton Gerashchenko stated during a scientific-practical conference "Two years from the beginning of ATO and hybrid war of Russia against Ukraine: Putin's blitzkrieg fail."