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Immediate Release

U.S. Secretary of Defense to Host Ukraine Defense Contact Group Meeting June 15 in Brussels

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III is scheduled to host an in-person Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 15.

Secretary Austin has again invited Ministers of Defense and Chiefs of Defense from around the world to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Media Program (All times in Central European Time):

15:00 –Ukraine Defense Contact Group Meeting Opening remarks by Secretary Austin 

18:45 – Press conference with Secretary Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley 


Media interested in attending the event should follow NATO instruction for media registration at the Meeting of Defense Ministers (June 15-16). The instruction can be found here:

Please note, the deadline to register and apply for media accreditation is Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 23:59 (CET).

Live-Stream Option

If unable to attend in-person, a live-stream of Secretary Austin’s opening remarks and the post-meeting press conference will be available on and CCTV at NATO HQ. 


For questions about the logistics of this event, please email Jesse Shaw and Ieva Labanauskiene at and  

For questions about the event itself, please email the Office of the Secretary of Defense Office of Public Affairs at or call +1 (703) 697-5131.