Grushko: Russia is concerned about the increase in the military budget in the United States in the NATO framework

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MOSCOW, may 25. /TASS/. Russia is concerned about the increasing military expenditures of the administration of Donald trump in the framework of NATO to 40% in 2018, said the TV channel “Russia 24” Russia’s permanent representative to NATO Alexander Grushko.

“What worries us today is the fact that the administration trump for next year has requested $4.8 billion for the so-called initiative of calming allies. This year such funding was $ 3.7 billion – this means a 40 percent increase,” he said.

According to Grushko, it also means that “the United States can further place American forces in Europe, say, another team, the talk in the Pentagon”. For this reason, said the Ambassador, Russia is closely watching what is happening on the ground and taking all the necessary measures for ensuring their own security.