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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III's Call With German Federal Minister of Defence Christine Lambrecht

Pentagon Spokesman Brig Gen Pat Ryder provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with German Federal Minister of Defence Christine Lambrecht by phone today to discuss ways to enhance security assistance to Ukraine ahead of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in Ramstein, Germany, later this month. Secretary Austin commended Germany's decision to provide additional military capabilities to Ukraine, including one Patriot air defense battery and Marder infantry fighting vehicles, and the two leaders agreed to continue to coordinate closely with other Allies and partners on efforts to assist Ukraine.