The state Department will receive nearly $1 billion to “counter Russian aggression”


The state Department and the U.S. Agency for international development (USAID) will receive a $952 million to “counter Russian aggression”. This amount is included in the draft budget of the USA in the 2017 financial year. The amount that is owed to the state Department and USAID under the relevant item of expenditure, announced at a briefing the representative of us state Department.

He explained that these funds are focused mainly on Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and other countries of Central Asia. As examples of programs on which it is proposed to spend funds on “countering Russian aggression”, state Department representative called “increased access to independent objective information, combating corruption and ensuring the rule of law, strengthening civil society and energy security, support financial reforms, trade and economic diversification, increased some defense capabilities”.

Reuters adds that, in General, in the proposed Obama administration budget quadrupled the cost of “containing Russia”. The cost of the U.S. military presence in Europe and the training of allies will grow in the new financial year to $3.4 billion compared with $800 million in the current year, the Agency said.

With reference to the words of the American officials Reuters writes that the new budget shows that the country is “entering a new period of confrontation between the world powers coming from Russia and China and counter threats from smaller rivals, such as Iran and North Korea”.

“This budget marks an important turning point for the Ministry of defence”, — quotes Agency the words of the Minister of defence Ashton Carter. “Even in conditions that today we do battle, we must be prepared for the battles that may happen in 10, 20 or 30 years,” he added.

Overall military spending in the U.S. budget for 2017 laid down the $583 billion the Republicans, having a majority in Congress, believe that this is insufficient, the Agency said. New financial year begins in USA on October 1.