The new draft budget provides for the allocation of large funds to counter the influence of competing states, primarily Russia and China.
The US administrationвЂ™s draft budget for the fiscal year 2021 provides for the allocation of $763.8 million to help states in Europe and Central Asia to counter Russia's influence.
America is вЂњfacing challenges from resurgent rival states, including China and Russia,вЂќ according to proposals by US President Donald Trump circulated by the White House on Monday, January 10.
The allocated funds will be used to counter Russian influence by building the capabilities of the US allies in the field of security and protecting their territorial integrity.
Part of the funds will go to support the efforts of partner countries to stop using Russian military equipment, as well as to eliminate the economic dependence of these countries on Russia, for example, in the field of energy and trade.
24 million is proposed to be allocated to counter Russian disinformation and propaganda.
The draft budget also proposes to allocate $1.5 billion to counter the influence of China, as well as the struggle for вЂњsecurity, democracy, and economic growthвЂќ in the Indo-Pacific region.
$337.5 million is planned in the budget to counter IranвЂ™s influence.
A draft budget of $4.8 trillion for the fiscal year beginning in October 2021 also involves the allocation of $740.5 billion for defense spending.
A strong army allows вЂњour country to prevent wars, maintain peace and, if necessary, win in the event of an attack on the United States and its citizens,вЂќ the document says.
The presidentвЂ™s budget proposals will need to be approved by Congress.
Recall, the amount of the US defense budget for the fiscal year 2020 (started on October 1 last year) amounted to $738 billion. It provides for the imposition of sanctions against Russia, in particular, against the operators of the Nord Stream-2 project.