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Pentagon Spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with German Federal Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius today as part of the robust and long-standing U.S.-Germany bilateral relationship. 

The two leaders discussed Russia’s unprovoked and premeditated invasion of Ukraine, with each leader complimenting the resiliency and resolve of the Ukrainian people and Armed Forces. Secretary Austin thanked Minister Pistorius for Germany’s significant assistance and contributions to Ukraine. He also thanked Minister Pistorius for German support to bolster NATO’s Eastern Flank, including support to U.S. and NATO force deployments to and through Germany.

The leaders also discussed a range of other global challenges, including issues in the Indo-Pacific. Secretary Austin commended Germany on the release of its National Security Strategy and its reaffirmation to increase defense spending to meet the two percent Wales Pledge commitment. They agreed to remain in close contact on the myriad issues of mutual interest impacting transatlantic security. Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting With German Federal Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius Government Agency News