U.S. Congress bans military cooperation with Russia

U.S. House of Representatives passed a defense budget which imposes a ban on military cooperation with Russia. 375 congressmen voted for this decision, 34 voted against.

The bill prohibits allocating funds for Washington’s military cooperation with Moscow until Pentagon in coordination with the U.S. State Department notifies Congress that Russia “cut off the occupation of the territory of Ukraine, and seized aggressive actions that threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and NATO members.”

The bill also prohibits the Pentagon to carry out any activity that recognizes the Crimea as part of Russia.

“Bilateral military cooperation is unfounded as long as Russia continues to be aggressive and intimidating U.S. allies and partners in Europe,” said in the conclusion of the House’s Committee on Armed Services.

The bill also provides allocation of $4.3 billion for the “deterrence of Russia”. These funds will be used “for the political, economic and public diplomacy”, as well as military support of NATO allies and other partners of the U.S. in Europe and Asia.

Source: spektrnews.in.ua