All US aid to Georgia is solely military, ignoring country’s economic and social needs

Summary

The United States is allocating financial assistance only for Georgia’s military and defence needs, ignoring non-military assistance altogether.

Disproof

Unfounded allegations about US aid to Georgia. According to the US Congressional Research Service reference paper, US aid to Georgia does not demonstrate any considerable asymmetry in favour or either military or non-military aid:

In 2010 - 2017, US non-military aid to Georgia totalled $60 million a year on average. In addition, Georgia was awarded a five-year (2014-2019) Millennium Challenge Corporation grant of $140 to support educational infrastructure and training. In 2018, US non-military aid was $70.8 million; in 2019, Congress appropriated $89.8 million in non-military aid, and the President’s fiscal year 2020 non-military aid request for Georgia is $42.4 million.

As for US military aid, it averaged at $74 million per year in 2010-2017, while in 2018 military aid amounted to about $40.4 million. For 2019, total US military aid is estimated to reach $43.7 million.

The US Congressional Budget Justification requests for 2020 $38.5 million for Georgia’s economic support and development, $3 million for narcotics control and law enforcement, $2.2 million for military education and training, and $20 million for foreign military finance.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: United States, Georgia
  • Keywords: economy, Military
  • Outlet: Sakinformi
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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