Mark Green, director of the US Agency for International Development, said the agency will soon unveil an effort to try to use US aid to counter Russian influence around the world.
“The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will soon unveil a framework to help us counter the harmful influence of the Kremlin, especially in Europe and Eurasia,” Green said at a session of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday.“He said.
For the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, the agency’s budget request included $ 584 million for the foreign ministry and foreign aid provided by the agency for that purpose, as well as efforts to “communicate strongly” about what he called “authoritarian financing tools”“He said.
Green did not give further details. Under Vladimir Putin’s presidency, Russia sought to strengthen its international influence, including by granting loans to countries in Latin America and elsewhere.