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Austin Consults with Ukrainian Defense Minister to Ensure Needed Aid Gets In > US Department of Defense > Defense Department News

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by telephone today with Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov to discuss Ukraine’s evolving battlefield needs, the secretary said. Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby, who held a press briefing today.

Austin mentioned Reznikov Chairman Joe Biden’s Friday announcement of an additional $150 million presidential authorization to continue supplying the Ukrainian Armed Forces with items including artillery, counter-artillery radars and electronic jamming equipment, Kirby said.

The defense minister said he was grateful for the additional support, Kirby added.

Austin underscored the United States’ enduring commitment to enhancing Ukraine’s ability to counter Russian aggression and briefed the minister on ongoing coordination with allies and partners on security assistance efforts , said Kirby.

The secretary also mentioned that the Department of Defense continues to help coordinate the provision of security assistance equipment from many other allies and partners, Kirby said.

Both are committed to staying in close contact, he said.

Austin also spoke by phone today with Greek Minister of National Defense Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos regarding the situation in Ukraine, Kirby said.

In addition to thanking Greece for its security assistance and contributions to Ukraine, Austin also spoke with Panagiotopoulos about the importance of continued help from allies and partners. They agreed to continue to work closely together on these issues and to meet in Washington later this year, Kirby said.

They also reviewed the deepening of the U.S.-Greece defense partnership resulting from the updated U.S.-Greece Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement.

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