REUTERS

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked the U.S. Congress to allocate $500 mln to counter Russia’s "malign influence," that's according to the U.S. administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request.

"The Budget provides over $500 million for assistance to Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia to: advance shared security; safeguard the territorial integrity of U.S. allies; support partner countries’ efforts to transition away from Russian military equipment, particularly through Foreign Military Finance lending; and address weaknesses in the macro-economic environment that the Government of Russia seeks to exploit, such as dependence on energy and trade," the document reads, according to TASS.

"The Budget enhances the military’s readiness and lethality, prioritizing strategic competition with China and Russia," the document adds.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Donald Trump extended Russia sanctions for another year, until March 2020.