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US Congress passed financing bill including 228 million USD in security aid for Baltic States

23. March 2024 - 11:04

Yesterday the US Congress passed the government funding legislation, which also includes 228 mln USD in security aid for Baltic States. This year the US has also provided Estonia with 47,3 mln USD within the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) programme.

“Support from the US has significantly helped Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fast track several military infrastructure and capability development projects. The good news is that the support is slightly higher than last year. This sends a clear signal that the US, the largest ally in NATO, is committed to the security and stability of our region,” said Minister of Defence Hanno Pevkur.

Created in 2020, the Baltic Security Initiative (BSI) is a measure through which the US Department of Defence supports developing the defence capability and interoperability of the three Baltic States. Last year, 225 mln USD were allocated to the Baltic States within the BSI, and in 2022 the sum was 169 mln USD. The focus of the funding is on developing air defence, maritime situational awareness and land forces. The Estonian share of the funding will be determined by fall this year.

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