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Trump wants to spend $661 million to counter Russia's malign influence

Trump wants to spend $661 million to counter Russia's malign influence

The New York Times
The U.S. President Donald Trump asked the Congress to allocate $661 million for the partners in Europe, Central Asia and Euro-Asia to counter Russia’s “malign influence”, as the document published on the website of the U.S. State Department says.
At the same time, the website of the White House reports $500 million allocations for the same purposes.

“The Budget provides over $500 million for assistance to Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia to: advance shared security; safeguard the territorial integrity of U.S. allies; support partner countries’ efforts to transition away from Russian military equipment, particularly through Foreign Military Finance lending; and address weaknesses in the macro-economic environment that the Government of Russia seeks to exploit, such as dependence on energy and trade,” the document says.
The website of the White House stresses that Trump claimed a need to focus on a “strategic competition” between Russia and China.

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