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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With German Federal Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht

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

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with German Federal Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht to discuss concerns with Russia’s ongoing, unprovoked military build-up near and in Ukraine.  Both leaders emphasized their strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The leaders discussed the recent diplomatic engagements with Russia, the need for Russia to stand down from its dangerous path, and agreed that Russia would face severe consequences in the event of a further invasion into Ukraine.  Secretary Austin and Minister Lambrecht also exchanged views on the importance of maintaining NATO unity and strong deterrence along NATO’s Eastern Flank.  They agreed to remain in close contact as the situation evolves.