Boris Johnson to use millions to help British allies facing the threat of Russian agression
Boris Johnson will use millions to bolster British allies facing the threat of increasing Russian aggression, it is understood.
The Foreign Secretary will set aside £700 million from the aid budget, which came to around £12 billion last year, for a new “empowerment fund”, some of which will be spent on projects in Ukraine and the Baltic states.
The money will be used to boost the countries' “soft” power in the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin's apparent hostility.
Some of the money will also be used to strengthen allies in the Middle East to combat extremism, which could include moves to improve cyber defences.
The Foreign Secretary will set aside £700 million from the aid budget
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The money will be used to soft power of Russian President Vladimir Putin's apparent hostility
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The rest of the fund will be used in many different regions around the world.
It comes amid increasing criticism of the way the UK spends money on foreign aid.
Many have criticised the government for giving money to India despite the country having its own space programme.