U.S. plans $200 million buildup of European air basesStaff Writer | December 19, 2017
The U.S. is planning to spend more than $200 million to repair and build U.S. military structures and installations on air bases that dot much of Eastern Europe, part of an ongoing initiative to deter Russian aggression.
Defense To deter Russian aggression
This year’s defense spending plan includes roughly $214 million to construct installations in Iceland, Norway and much of Eastern Europe.
The funds are part of the European Deterrence Initiative, or EDI. Formerly known as the European Reassurance Initiative, the EDI was initiated several months after the Russian annexation of Crimea and subsequent violence in eastern Ukraine, where still today Russian forces back Ukrainian separatists.
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