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Estonian ministry: Potential US aid to be spent to develop independent defense capability

TALLINN, Nov 14, BNS - The potential security assistance of 100 million U.S. dollars from the United States to the Baltic countries would be used to develop the independent defense capability of the Baltic countries, the Estonian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

"The U.S. security assistance is meant to support the development of the independent defense capability of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in accordance with these countries' military defense development plans; the priorities of assistance have been coordinated with the Baltic countries," spokesman for the Estonian Defense Ministry Andres Sang told BNS.

"We highly appreciate the support of the White House and the Congress to this initiative," Sang said. He added, however, that the authorization at this point is still a proposal and not an endorsed decision.

"At the present moment we are speaking about a proposal for the budget bill, which requires the approval of both houses of the Congress and signing by the president," Sang told BNS.

The United States wishes to give the Baltic countries up to 100 million dollars under its national defense budget for 2018 to help build their capacity to deter Russian aggression.

According to materials on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 released by the Senate and House armed services committees last week, the budget will authorize up to 100 million U.S. dollars from the European Deterrence Initiative "to conduct or support a single joint program of the Baltic nations to improve their resilience against and build their capacity to deter Russian aggression."

The Senate Armed Services Committee and the House Armed Services Committee announced details of the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 on Nov. 8.  

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Published: 14.11.2017 13:25
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