Russia will buy foreign weapons only if it lacks similar ones of its own - Defense Minister

The Russian Defense Ministry will acquire military hardware and weapons from foreign countries only if similar items are not produced by domestic enterprises, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told the Rossiya 1 television station on Thursday.

The Russian Defense Ministry will acquire military hardware and weapons from foreign countries only if similar items are not produced by domestic enterprises, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told the Rossiya 1 television station on Thursday.

"Should such a need arise today in order to cover some serious gaps in the country's defense, we will certainly do so, if we do not have them [certain types of military hardware and weapons]. At the same time, we are taking all the necessary steps to ensure [acquisitions] of our domestic hardware," he said.

However, some of the industrial enterprises are not prepared to handle state defense order contracts, the minister said.

"Some of them lag behind by three or even five years. But enormous amounts of money - over three trillion rubles - have been allocated for them in order to enable them to modernize their production and adopt advanced technologies. This is a really huge sum of money," Shoigu said.

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