Biden Signs US Defense Budget Without Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2

US President Biden approved the defense budget, which did not include sanctions against Russia. The budget is $ 738 billion. The final version did not include restrictions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and 35 officials and businessmen from Russia. The budget provides for the extension of military assistance to Ukraine by $ 300 million

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US President Joe Biden signed the defense budget for the 2022 fiscal year (started on October 1), reports The Hill. The volume of the budget is $ 768 billion.

In early December, the draft defense budget was approved by the House of Representatives, later & mdash; Senate.

The document does not mention sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, provisions banning Americans from transactions related to sovereign debt of Russia and restrictions on 35 Russian officials and businessmen, including Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, head of the Central Bank of Elvira Nabiullina, Chairman of the Management Board of Gazprom Alexey Miller and others. The corresponding amendments were approved by the House of Representatives in September. Then the document began to be considered by the Senate, but it was not approved due to disagreements between Republicans and Democrats. Nord Stream 2 '' and against China. In late November, The Hill wrote that the US presidential administration opposes the introduction of tougher sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline, because it “ fears discontent from Germany. '' According to the newspaper, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged Democratic senators to block the corresponding amendments to the draft defense budget.

The final document provides for the allocation of $ 300 million in military aid to Ukraine, $ 150 million & mdash; for cooperation in the field of security with the Baltic countries, reports Reuters. Another $ 4 billion is earmarked for the European Defense Initiative. $ 7.1 billion will be allocated for programs related to the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

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