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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting with Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Dr. Arvydas Anušauskas

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

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Dr. Arvydas Anušauskas at the Pentagon today to reaffirm the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Lithuania. They discussed a wide range of issues including Russia’s destabilizing actions in eastern Europe, unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, challenges and opportunities in the Indo–Pacific region, and further deepening of long-standing defense ties between the United States and Lithuania. 

The Secretary commended Lithuania for its principled leadership in supporting and defending democratic values, and thanked Minister Anušauskas for providing excellent training and support to U.S. rotational forces in Lithuania.

The leaders discussed future joint operational deployments, enhanced cooperation in cyber, and defense procurements. They signed a Reciprocal Defense Procurement Agreement to improve conditions for mutual industrial cooperation, acquisition of defense items, and increased interoperability between the U.S. and Lithuanian Armed Forces.