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The US is said to be preparing for further Russian aggression against more of Ukraine's neighbours – and even an attack on NATO allies.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged the risk Russia poses to other NATO member states in an article published in Financial Times on Wednesday – where they added it was Vladimir Putin's aim to wipe Ukraine off the map.
"The price we pay in supporting Ukraine also benefits our own security. [Russian President] Vladimir Putin has clearly stated that he wants to wipe the country from the map and rewrite the European security order," Stoltenberg wrote.
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"Russia is temporarily occupying about 20% of Ukraine – four times the size of Belgium, or half of the UK. Emboldened by any success, Russia could risk further aggression against other neighbours, and even an attack on Nato allies."
Now, as announced on Thursday, the US State Department said it wants US lawmakers to approve funds for neighbouring countries of Ukraine which "are potentially at risk of future Russian aggression", reports Newsweek.
The money would be as part of a new $2.2billion package to Ukraine and 18 nations neighbouring it, if approved by Congress, with Ukraine receiving around £1bn of that.
The remainder of the money is reportedly expected to go to countries like Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova and Slovenia – to name but a few.
NATO in recent weeks has tried to protect some member states following fears mad Vlad's war could go beyond Ukraine's borders – with planes and fighter jets monitoring the airspace and providing a constant defensive presence above Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.
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Back in August Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Solovyo declared that Russia was already at war with NATO countries, saying on Russian state TV: "It's a war against NATO, a war for our country's survival."
Known as the 'Screaming Eagles', the 101st Airborne Division was sent to a number of NATO member states last month to help the alliance – with the US Mission to NATO sharing a statement on Twitter.
It said on August 11 that roughly 2,400 soldiers were being sent to Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia "to reassure our allies, and deter our adversaries".
As well as announcing the new aid on Thursday, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said an extra $675million drawdown would include more "arms, munitions, and equipment from US Department of Defense inventories" for Ukraine.
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