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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Meeting with Ukraine’s Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III welcomed his Ukrainian counterpart, Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov, to the Pentagon for an introductory meeting and reaffirmed unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The leaders discussed a range of security issues, including Russia’s destabilizing actions in the region, and agreed to work closely together to advance the shared priorities outlined in the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Defense Framework signed on August 31, 2021, including building the capacity of Ukraine to more effectively defend its sovereign territory.

Secretary Austin encouraged Minister Reznikov to maintain progress on defense and defense industry reforms, and committed to assisting Ukraine with the implementation of NATO principles and standards.