US President Donald Trump signed on Friday, December 20, the defense budget for 2020, reports Fox News .
In particular, it includes funds for “countering Russia,” sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and military assistance to Ukraine.
It also provides for a 3.1% increase in spending on new initiatives to combat competition and threats from Russia and China. So, $ 734 million is allocated for counteracting the Russian Federation as part of the so-called European Containment Initiative.
In addition to Nord Stream 2, the document includes restrictive measures against the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, as well as restriction for supporting the Syrian government forces during the Civil War.
Earlier that day, the Swiss-Dutch company Allseas, which is engaged in laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, suspended work due to the threat of sanctions from Washington.
On December 20, a US $ 738 billion budget was approved by the US Congress. It was noted that financial assistance to Ukraine will amount to $ 300 million.
The president signed the previous budget on August 13, 2018. The then Ministry of Defense accounted for $ 686.1 billion, including $ 69 billion allocated to continue military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia.