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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting With the Quint: France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout: 
 
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with his counterparts in the Quint: French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly, German Federal Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht, Italian Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini, and UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace in Brussels, Belgium. The leaders discussed Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, security assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and ways to further strengthen NATO's Eastern Flank, as well as the upcoming NATO Leaders’ meeting.  The five leaders agreed on the importance of NATO unity to deter Russian aggression against Ukraine’s sovereignty in violation of international norms.