Censor.NET reports citing the remarks by Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom at a briefing on the president's budget-2017 request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID on Tuesday.
"Our request includes $953 million to support an integrated, free, and peaceful Europe, including assistance for a democratic Ukraine and to enhance energy independence and good governance for the security and prosperity of the region," she said.
At the background briefing on the president's budget-2017 request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID, senior administration officials clarified that "the countering Russian aggression total is $952 million. And this addresses - and this expands resources in the core Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova, but also for other countries in Central Asia. And some of the examples of the programs that we're supporting with these funds are enhancing access to independent, unbiased information; eliminating corruption and supporting rule of law; strengthening civil society; enhancing the energy security; supporting financial reforms, trade, and economic diversification; and increasing some defense capabilities."
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