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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu

Feb. 12, 2022

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

On February 12, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu.  They discussed Russia’s force build-up in Crimea and around Ukraine.