Congress Uses Donald Cook Incident to Quadruple Anti-Russian Arms Spending

Monday, April 25, 2016
By Paul Martin

Citing the Russian fighter jet maneuvers that warded off US ships and aircraft near Russia’s border in the Baltic Sea earlier this month, lawmakers from the US House Armed Services Committee said that there will be plenty of money devoted to “to deter Russia” in the finalized 2017 defense budget, The Hill reports.

Lawmakers, the political newspaper writes, are fired up about supporting President Barack Obama’s military budget proposal, particularly the section devoted to quadrupling US military expenditures in Europe. The spending would allow the Pentagon to station more troops and weapons in Central and Eastern Europe.

“We do have money to station troops in various parts of Eastern Europe, and that’s the main thing, to have a presence in the region and to show support for our allies,” Democratic Congressman Adam Smith, the ranking member of the committee, told The Hill.

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