The US Senate passed the bill on the Pentagon’s 2017 budget Thursday, which prohibits military cooperation with Russia and allocates funds to support Washington’s allies in Europe.

 

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The overall US military budget for the next year will stand at almost $619 billion.

 

The bill is yet to be signed into law by outgoing US President Barack Obama.

 

Members of Congress committees on defense and military issues earlier said they had granted the Obama administration’s request to allocate $3.4 billion to strengthen the defense of its NATO allies in Europe. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the measure was to “aggressive actions by Russia.” The document also cites terrorist threat and the inflow of refuges from the Middle East as reasons for allotting the money.