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Immediate Release

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

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

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with his Polish counterpart, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak, today to discuss Ukraine security assistance and ways to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation between the U.S. and Poland.  Secretary Austin commended Deputy Prime Minister Błaszczak for the support Poland continues to provide to Ukraine, including Poland's transfer of Leopard tanks and hundreds of other armored vehicles, and the training of thousands of Ukrainian military personnel over the past 15 months.  The two leaders also coordinated on plans to further enhance Poland's military capabilities and reaffirmed the close U.S.-Poland defense relationship with the signing of a reciprocal defense procurement agreement renewal and the unveiling of an exhibit in the Pentagon dedicated to the history of U.S.-Polish defense cooperation.