U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on Thursday spoke by cellphone with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Andrii Taran to debate the regional safety state of affairs amid an increase of Russian-backed separatist aggression in japanese Ukraine.
“I had a productive call with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Andrii Taran today,” he stated on Twitter.
Secretary additionally stated that they mentioned regional safety, and he reaffirmed U.S. unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
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He condemned latest escalations of Russian aggressive and provocative actions in japanese Ukraine and provided condolences to Minister Taran on the deaths of 4 Ukrainian troopers on March 26.
Secretary Austin reiterated the U.S. dedication to constructing the capability of Ukraine’s forces to defend extra successfully towards Russian aggression. Since 2014, the United States has dedicated greater than $2 billion in safety help to Ukraine, together with a lately introduced $125 million package deal that featured defensive weapons and different key capabilities to boost the lethality, command and management, and situational consciousness of Ukraine’s Armed Forces.
Minister Taran expressed gratitude for the open dialogue and continued support.