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Why is Obama's Pentagon providing Russia with free military equipment?

GOP lawmakers are alleging that the U.S. government has been giving President Vladimir Putin's Russian armed forces free military equipment regardless of President Barack Obama's threats against the Russian Federation as well as cancellation of planned U.S.-Russian military exercises, according to a number of news stories appearing on Friday.

Did the Obama administration give the MILES system to Putin free of charge? Some lawmakers say yes.
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The secret weapons and equipment deal was revealed by Republican members of Congress when they were perusing the Fiscal Year 2014 budget and the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget request, according to the nonpartisan, public-interest group Judicial Watch.

According to reports, including a Judicial Watch investigative report, the already-problem filled Nuclear Security Administration (NSA) has been providing the Russian Federation with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES), the congressmen allege.

"MILES adds realism to training by reinforcing the requirement for individuals, and units to adhere to operational doctrine. MILES accurately replicates both the actual firing capabilities and effects of weapons during training, detects hits from laser bullets, and performs damage and/or casualty assessments on targets, according to the manufacturer.

According to Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla.:

“It’s ludicrous that U.S. taxpayers are paying to give Russia free military equipment after President Obama announced a suspension in military engagement with Moscow. It’s just another example of how the President is hanging on to his failed reset with Russia policy despite Russia’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine. I expect Secretary of Energy Moniz to act quickly and stop irresponsible military equipment transfers."

“It is difficult to imagine a worse time to provide military-grade technology employed by the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, and Special Operations Forces to Russia than when it has illegally invaded Ukraine and is violating the intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty."

“To make matters worse, it is our understanding from the budget documents that the Department has been, and continues to propose, providing this technology to Russia free-of-charge," according Bridenstine.

“Despite this overwhelming evidence that Putin is not our ally, it is astonishing that the Obama Administration would still provide superior, U.S. military technology to an aggressive and advancing Russia,” Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, said. “The United States must seriously redirect its approach and immediately terminate all military aid to Russia.”

However, during his time last week in Brussels, President Barack Obama said that the world has an interest in a strong and responsible Russia. “We want the Russian people to live in security, prosperity and dignity like everyone else, proud of their own history, according to the American Forces Press Service on Thursday.

In a piece published a few days ago, former veteran congressman, Tom Tancredo, wrote this: “The embarrassment of U.S. impotence in dealing with Russian aggression in the Ukraine is only the beginning of what will likely be a series of foreign policy disasters.”

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