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U.S., Denmark Like-Minded on Ukraine Aid

During a Pentagon meeting, Denmark's Defense Minister Morten Bodskov thanked Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III for his leadership in the effort to aid Ukraine as it struggles against Russia. 

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Honor Cordon
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III hosts Danish Defense Minister Morten Bodskov at the Pentagon, Sept. 1, 2022.
Photo By: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jack Sanders, DOD
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For his part, Austin noted that Denmark is in step with the United States in providing arms, supplies and training to Ukraine. 

The Scandinavian country — one of the founding members of NATO — is also providing troops and equipment to alliance deterrence forces in Latvia and Estonia, the secretary said. 

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Walk and Talk
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III walks with Danish Defense Minister Morten Bodskov after welcoming him to the Pentagon, Sept. 1, 2022.
Photo By: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jack Sanders, DOD
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"Today, we proudly stand with you in the face of Russian aggression that threatens Europe's freedom and security," Austin said. "Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine continues to be reckless and cruel. So, Mr. Minister, I want to thank you for everything that you're doing to support the Ukrainian people."

Denmark and the United States are also working on a bilateral defense cooperation agreement that should deepen the relationship between the two nations, Bodskov said. 

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Defense Meeting
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III meets with Danish Defense Minister Morten Bodskov at the Pentagon, Sept. 1, 2022.
Photo By: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jack Sanders, DOD
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The Danish defense minister made the point that U.S. military presence in Europe is vital for peace, prosperity and stability. "This is not something we should take for granted," he said. "But what you can take for granted is that the United States can count on Denmark and our willingness to take responsibility for the challenge that we're facing."

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