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GEORGIA'S BIG MILITARY SPENDING BOOST
Government says sharp rise in defence spending will professionalise army but
questions are asked about why the money is being spent.
By Koba Liklikadze in Tbilisi
Georgia, which has made breathtaking increases in its defence spending over the
last two years, looks set to beat all records this year.
In late June, the Georgian government increased the defence ministry's budget of
513 million laris (315 million US dollars) by 442 million laris (260 million
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI,
Georgia currently has the highest average growth rate of military spending in
the world. Some independent experts are worried that the spending is not fully
accounted for, while others say that it could undermine the peace processes with
the breakaway territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The Georgian government insists that the ...>> full artcle...