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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s Call With Ukraine’s Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Media Todd J. Breasseale provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov to discuss Ukraine’s military requirements as fighting continues in eastern Ukraine. Secretary Austin highlighted the success of the Ukraine Contact Group on May 23 and noted the unity of the international community in supporting Ukraine as it repels the Russian invasion. Minister Reznikov expressed his gratitude for U.S. leadership on this effort and the two leaders outlined priorities for the next in-person contact group planned for June in Brussels.

Secretary Austin and Minister Reznikov pledged to remain in close contact.