Ekhanurov postponed contract break to 2016

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The Minister of Defence Yury Ekhanurov considers real completion of transition of Armed forces on the contract principle of formation till 2016.

He told about it in interview "to the Newspaper 2000" of February 20.

"Most likely, term will be - until the end of 2015-го", - the minister told.

According to Ekhanurov, the Ministry of Defence is engaged in revision of the plan of transition of VS on a contract basis of formation till 2011 which was approved in February, 2008.

"I will revise the program which was approved in February 2008-го, according to it 49,5 million hryvnias were provided, on that to provide transition to contract service until the end of 2010", - Ekhanurov told.

The head of defensive department added that, in view of limited financing of army in 2009, it is difficult to speak about fast transition to contract army.

As it was reported, earlier Ekhanurov supported revision of a state program of development of VS for 2006-2011 from - for its insufficient financing.

In December, 2005 the President Victor Yushchenko approved the state program of development of VS for 2006-2011 which, in particular, provides creation of contract army until the end of 2010.

In January Yushchenko issued the decree in which charged to the Ministry of Defence to submit till March 10 proposals on extension of final terms of transition to contract army till 2015.

The budget of the Ministry of Defence for 2009 makes 11,65 billion hryvnias of which 7,4 billion hryvnias make the general fund, and 4,2 billion - special fund which is filled due to sale of military property.


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