A Glance at Military Spending Around the World

A Glance at Military Spending Around the World

Russian solders prepare to move a Russian tank T-72B at the Ostryakovo railway station not far from Simferopol, Crimea, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian solders prepare to move a Russian tank T-72B at the Ostryakovo railway station not far from Simferopol, Crimea, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Associated Press

Russian military forces are far better equipped than their counterparts in Ukraine, whose government can barely afford to pay their soldiers’ salaries.

Here is a look at the amount the two former Soviet nations spend each year on each member of their armed forces, compared with even bigger-spending militaries in the East and West, according to security affairs consultancy IHS Aerospace & Defense.

The totals are in U.S. dollars per year, per member of the armed forces.

—United States $381,306

—United Kingdom $330,810

—France $231,934

—Russia $83,478

—China $77,712

—India $35,732

—Ukraine $11,937

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