New US budget ‘prioritizes’ countering Russia in Europe, Eurasia, Pompeo says

New US budget ‘prioritizes’ countering Russia in Europe, Eurasia, Pompeo says
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The US State Department budget for the fiscal year 2020 prioritizes countering Russia's activities in Europe and Eurasia, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, APAreports citing Sputnik.

"This budget prioritizes countering Russian malign influence in Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia, and further strengthens the Department’s own systems against malign actors," Pompeo said in prepared remarks for US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.

Pompeo pointed out that the threats posed by Russia now go "beyond external or military aggression."

Such threats include influence operations targeting the United States and its allies in the West, Pompeo added.

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