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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Slovakia's Minister of Defense Jaroslav Nad'

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

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Slovak Minister of Defense Jaroslav Nad' to salute Slovakia for providing a critical S-300 air defense system to Ukraine. The two leaders discussed the important role the defensive system would play in supporting Ukraine and saving lives in that country. Minister Nad' thanked Secretary Austin for U.S. European Command’s upcoming repositioning of a U.S. Patriot system to Slovakia to help ensure deterrence and defense of NATO territory.