Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 139

Russia’s military leadership kept up the drumbeat of criticism over arrears in state funding yesterday, saying in a message to the government that an extremely difficult financial situation has developed in the armed forces. A Defense Ministry representative provided no details, but said military leaders hoped that an order from Russia’s prime minister — calling for the army to receive priority consideration in the payment of debts — would be fulfilled. (Itar-Tass, July 16)

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