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US Congress prohibited Pentagon from cooperating with Russia while it encroaches on Ukraine’s territorial integrity
22:18, 2 December 2016
US Congress prohibited Pentagon from cooperating with Russia while it encroaches on Ukraine’s territorial integrity

The only exception to this ban - permission to sign contracts with Russian suppliers of rocket engines

22:18, 2 December 2016

Reuters

US House of Representatives adopted a draft defense budget for the 2017 financial year. The document, published on the website of the Congress, established a ban on funds for bilateral military cooperation between the US and Russian governments.

In particular, the document states that allocation of the funds for military cooperation between the two countries shall be prohibited as long as the Pentagon does not assure Congress that Russia "ended the occupation of Ukraine and its aggressive actions that threaten Ukraine's territorial integrity and its sovereignty, as well as NATO members” and “complies with the conditions of the Minsk agreements on cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.”

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Under “certain conditions”, the ban may be eliminated, it was specified in the document.

According to the document, the only exception to the ban is the resolution on the conclusion of contracts with Russian suppliers of rocket engines. The ban also does not apply to co-operation on Afghanistan in the field of logistics.

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In addition, the bill prohibits the allocation of funds to "any activity, recognizing Crimea as the Russian territory.” This ban can be lifted if the Ministry of Defence convinces the Congress that it is done for the US national interest.

375 congressmen for the decision, 34 were against it.

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