Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met today in Brussels with Ministers of Defense from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
Secretary Hagel and his Baltic nation counterparts discussed a number of common security concerns, including recent actions by Russia in and along the Ukrainian border and the subsequent reassurance measures taken by the United States and NATO. Secretary Hagel thanked the three nations for their continued participation in these reassurance measures.
The Baltic nation representatives thanked Secretary Hagel for the ongoing support from the United States. The four leaders also discussed their continued cooperation and the future implementation of the one billion dollar European Reassurance Initiative announced by President Obama earlier today.