Obama signed a law restricting military cooperation with Russia

WASHINGTON, 24 Dec — RIA Novosti, Dmitry Zlatarev. US President Barack Obama on Friday signed an appropriations bill for defense of the country, imposing limitations in military cooperation with Russia.

“No funds allocated to the Ministry of defense in the 2017 financial year, may not be focused on bilateral military cooperation between the U.S. and Russia as long as the Minister of defence in cooperation with the Secretary of state notifies the appropriate congressional committees that Russia ended its occupation of Ukrainian territory and the aggressive actions that threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and members of NATO”, — the document says.

In addition, it indicates that Russia should fulfill the Minsk agreement on Ukraine.

It is emphasized that “these limitations do not apply to any action required of States to fulfil their obligations under bilateral and international agreements on arms control and non-proliferation and other treaties”. They also do not apply to measures necessary to ensure that the actions of the US and NATO in Afghanistan.

A separate paragraph stipulates a ban on the allocation of funds for “any action that recognizes sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea.” Exceptions can only be cases where the Minister of defense and the Secretary of state determines that we are talking about U.S. national security, and promptly notify the relevant congressional committees.

In addition, the law included a number of additions associated with the “annual report on actions in the sphere of defence and security affecting the Russian Federation.”