US House of Representatives approves defense budget without sanctions against Russia

363 congressmen voted for & nbsp; the final version of the budget, against & nbsp; & mdash; 70. Now the document will go for & nbsp; approval by the Senate, he & nbsp; can consider the document & nbsp; already at & nbsp; this week, the newspaper noted. The total volume of the defense budget indicated in the & nbsp; document was $ 770 billion.

On November 25, Foreign Policy reported that the & nbsp; administration of US President Joe Biden is lobbying for the lifting of sanctions on the & nbsp; Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which were spelled out in the & nbsp; previous bill on the country's defense budget. A group of senators from the & nbsp; Republican and & nbsp; Democratic parties demanded that these amendments be made to the & nbsp; US defense budget bill. Against this background, the adoption of the previous bill was temporarily blocked in the & nbsp; Senate.

On the eve of the final version of the draft budget was published by the relevant committee of the House of Representatives. In & nbsp; the draft budget, in addition to the sanctions against Nord Stream 2 not & nbsp; did not include & nbsp; a provision on & nbsp; a ban for & nbsp; US citizens on & nbsp; transactions related to & nbsp; Russia's sovereign debt, and & nbsp; also sanctions against 35 Russians suspected of & nbsp; human rights violations.

December 7 & nbsp; Presidents Russia and & nbsp; USA Vladimir Putin and & nbsp; Joe Biden held a video conference. The key topic of discussion was the situation in & nbsp; Ukraine. Biden said that & nbsp; the movement of Russian troops near & nbsp; Ukrainian borders are “ menacing '' character. The American president warned of & nbsp; sanctions if it comes to an & nbsp; armed conflict.

Putin called NATO responsible for the & nbsp; situation. According to the & nbsp; Russian leader, it is the alliance that is “ making dangerous attempts to conquer Ukrainian territory and & nbsp; is building up its military potential at & nbsp; our borders. ''