The US State Department has requested $ 665.8 million from Congress for the fiscal year 2022 to help countries in Europe and Eurasia, including “responding to the growing challenges from Russia and China,” according to a State Department budget request released Friday.

“Europe and Eurasia – 665.8 million dollars. The funds requested for the 2022 fiscal year for Europe and Eurasia will increase the resilience of these countries to negative foreign influence, promote Euro-Atlantic integration, and at the same time help them respond to the growing challenges from Russia and China,” the document says.

The funding is also intended to “support programs aimed at protecting democracy, the rule of law, human rights and gender equality, fighting corruption, and countering authoritarianism.” These programs are also expected to “support free and fair media, civil society, energy and infrastructure, cybersecurity, and economic development” in Europe and Eurasia.

The next fiscal year in the United States begins on October 1, 2021.