Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met briefly in Brussels today with Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti. The two leaders discussed a range of security issues of mutual concern, to include the political unrest in Ukraine and ongoing operations in Afghanistan.
Secretary Hagel thanked Minister Pinotti for her leadership and for her nation's strong contributions to the NATO Alliance, including the ISAF mission. He pledged to continue to look for ways to deepen our bilateral relationship.