The fourth meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (Ramstein-4) will take place online on July 20, the Pentagon announced following talks between U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov on July 11.
"Secretary Austin and Minister Reznikov also discussed the agenda for the next Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG) to be held virtually on July 20 and exchanged perspectives on the future of U.S. and allied assistance to Ukraine through the UDCG format," the Department of Defense said in a press release.
The previous meeting of the UDCG (Ramstein-3) took place on June 15, as a result of which, in particular, Slovakia promised to transfer Mi-17 combat helicopters and ammunition to Kyiv, while Canada, Poland and the Netherlands pledged to send artillery, and Germany promised to supply three Mars II multiple rocket launchers.
U.S. President Joe Biden also called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and said that Washington would allocate another $1 billion military aid package to Ukraine.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin clarified during a briefing on June 15 that the new aid package would include high-precision ammunition for MLRS, 18 M777 howitzers, 36,000 155 mm rounds, two Harpoon coastal defense systems, thousands of night vision devices, optics, and more.