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US cuts aid to Georgia by $ 17 million2013-02-21 13:29
U.S. is going to cut financial aid to South Caucasus countries by 24%, the Rosbalt reported.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The U.S. Department of State also cuts the aid to the Central Asian countries declined by 13% - from 133.6 - to $ 118.3 million.
The draft of the new budget, to be submitted to Congress for approval, provides a reduction in assistance for programs in the political and economic spheres, as well as in health care. Increased attention in the project is paid to the safety programs.
Georgia retains the status of the country in the region which provides the greatest assistance. However, the aid will be reduced from $ 85 million a year to $ 68.7 million. Most noticeable is the reduction in assistance to the Georgian capital in the implementation of projects under the heading "Economic Growth".
At the same time, the Tbilisi Week reported, the amount for the program "Peace and Security" remains unchanged - $ 21.7 million. "Peace and Security" implies the preparation of the Georgian Armed Forces to get closer to NATO standards, as well as training experts in the field of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.