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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak

Pentagon Press Secretary Brig Gen Pat Ryder provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak to discuss the current security situation along NATO's Eastern Flank, including reports of a missile strike on Polish territory. Secretary Austin assured Minister Błaszczak of the ironclad commitment of the United States to defend Poland and the Department of Defense's readiness to assist Poland in any investigation of the incident. The two leaders agreed to coordinate closely together with their NATO Allies on next steps.