NEW YORK (Sputnik) — Moreover, Carter labeled Russia among the top five emerging challenges for the US Department of Defense. The list also includes China, North Korea, Iran and the Islamic State (IS, Daesh in Arabic).
"Another near term investment in the budget is how we’re reinforcing our posture in Europe to support our NATO allies…After requesting about $800 million for last year, this year we’re more than quadrupling it for a total of $3.4 billion in 2017," Carter said.
Since 2014, US-Russia relations have been in a constant state of strain, as the West has accused Russia of aggression in Ukraine, following the reunification of Crimea, and has imposed several rounds of economic sanctions. Moscow has repeatedly denied the accusations.
Following the 2014 reunification of Crimea with Russia, Washington cut military to military ties with Moscow. NATO followed the US lead and unilaterally severed ties with Russia in April 2014.