The Committee on Armed Services of the US Congress has agreed on the budget of the Ministry of Defense for the next year, which provides almost $ 5 billion to counteract “Russian aggression”.
The total budget of the Pentagon in 2018 will be more than $ 700 billion, which is $ 26.1 billion more than requested by the White House.
Speaking of “Russian aggression”, the American side has recalled the “treacherous actions of the Kremlin in relation to Georgia and Ukraine, as well as a threat to NATO allies.” In addition, the list of threats from Russia include the possibility of nuclear provocation, activity in the Arctic and the Mediterranean, cyber-attacks, interference in elections and rapid military modernization.
Most of the allocated funds for the confrontation of Russia will be directed to support the “European deterrence initiative” to strengthen the US military capabilities and their allies in the European Union. The management will receive $ 4.6 billion. The Ministry of Defense will submit a plan for cooperation with Europe over the next five years.
The Baltic countries will receive about $ 100 million in the framework of the “European initiative” to increase their ability build up their own capabilities, to contain Russian aggression.
Ukraine will receive $ 350 million from the US budget, which will go on “defensive weapons.” However, in order to receive funds, Kiev will have to fulfill its obligations to carry out military reforms. Previously, the media reported that Ukraine could receive from the US $ 500 million, which were supposed to be spent on lethal weapons, and anti-tank missiles.
About $ 58 million will go for the development of a medium-range land-based missile. The measure is taken because of Russia’s apparent violation of the treaty on the elimination of medium-range and shorter-range missiles (INF).
Earlier, some congressmen suggested withdrawing from the treaty because of violations by Moscow. Russia denies all charges. Russian President Vladimir Putin, as usual, warned the US with an “instant and mirror” response in the event of withdrawal from the treaty.