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US Defense Secretary to fly to Europe this weekend, visit to Ukraine planned, - Pentagon

Source : 112 Ukraine

In Ukraine, he will meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and Minister of Defense Andriy Taran to reaffirm US unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity
11:00, 16 October 2021

Army General Lloyd J. Austin III
US Air Force

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III departs on a trip this weekend to visit Georgia, Ukraine, and Romania and participate in the NATO Defense Ministerial in Belgium. This was reported by the Pentagon's press service.

"The Department of Defense steadfastly supports its European Allies and partners in the face of Russia’s destabilizing actions in the critical Black Sea region, and the Secretary looks forward to meeting with his counterparts and other senior officials to reinforce the United States’ commitment to a safe, stable, and prosperous Europe," the message says. 

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In Ukraine, he will meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and Minister of Defense Andriy Taran to reaffirm US unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The visit will also serve as an opportunity to discuss Ukraine’s progress with the implementation of defense and defense industry reforms needed to advance its Euro-Atlantic aspirations as well as regional cooperation among Black Sea allies and partners.

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