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Pentagon to Boost Europe Budget

“The Pentagon is preparing a “significant” increase in its budget for its operations in Europe for the next fiscal year in response to Russia,” the Financial Times reports.

“In a series of comments by senior officials, the department of defence has indicated that it intends to use its budget for the 2017 fiscal year to try and send a message to Russia in the wake of the confrontation in Ukraine.”  

“The planned increase in funding for the European Reassurance Initiative — a 2014 programme to expand the US military presence in the region — is designed to enhance deterrence against further Russian adventurism, especially in the Baltics, and to reassure allies who doubt America’s long-term commitment to their security.”

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