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Trump signs U.S. defense budget

The document provides $300 million for military assistance to Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions against the Russian Federation.

On Friday, December 20, US President Donald Trump signed the defense budget for the fiscal year 2020 (started on October 1), which provides for the imposition of sanctions against Russia, in particular, against operators of the Nord Stream-2 project.

The military budget amounted to 738 billion dollars.

635 billion dollars are allocated for the basic needs of the Pentagon, another 71.5 billion dollars will be allocated to continue military operations in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and counter-terrorists in other countries.

To maintain the combat readiness of nuclear weapons and their modernization, as well as other defense needs, $31.5 billion is provided.

In addition, the document spelled out the creation of space forces as an independent type of US troops.

For military assistance to Ukraine, including providing for the supply of cruise and anti-ship missiles, $300 million was allocated, which is 50 million more than was in the budget for 2019.

The previous budget was signed on August 13, 2018. The US Department of Defense accounted for 686.1 billion dollars, including 69 billion allocated for the continuation of military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.

Recall that the Senate and the House of Representatives of Congress approved their options for the US military budget in the summer. However, a disagreement arose on some points.

As a result, legislators had to form a commission of representatives of two parties, the result of which became an agreed document on 3488 pages.

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