The USA are planning to invest $952 million in “countering Russian aggression” in 2017 financial year, informs “TASS” agency, quoting US State Department officials during a briefing.
The host of the briefing added that the funds will be allocated first of all to “Ukraine, Georgia and Moldava”, as well as to “the countries of Central Asia”. He confirmed that such investments are meant to enhance the countries’ military potential, it was said in the report.
Financial resources under the article “countering Russian aggression” are aimed at “increasing access to independent unbiased information, fighting corruption and providing rule of law, strengthening civil society, improving energy security systems, supporting financial reforms, trade and economic diversification, enhancing military capability”.
The US budget provides $4.3 billion on political, economic, diplomatic and military support in order to improve sustainability and lower vulnerability of NATO-states and allies in Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia. According to the explanatory materials these measures are being taken “as a response to increasing efforts of the Russia Federation to exert pressure on internal and external policy of neighboring countries”.