Head of Pentagon holds talks with British counterpart on supporting Ukraine

19 October 2022, 12:39 PM
Austin and Wallace held talks in the United States (Photo:Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin II/Twitter)

Austin and Wallace held talks in the United States (Photo:Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin II/Twitter)

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and British Minister of Defense Ben Wallace had a meeting in Washington, D.C., concerning the support of Ukraine, the head of the Pentagon wrote in his Twitter on Oct. 19.

“It was a pleasure meeting with UK MoD Wallace this morning. We discussed ongoing efforts to support Ukraine, including security assistance, and the importance of transatlantic cooperation and regional security in light of Russia’s continued brutal attack on Ukraine”, said Austin.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley was also present at the meeting.

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The talks took place on the background of Russian strikes on critical and energy infrastructure facilities in Ukraine, including attacks on the capital city of Kyiv.

The day before, Wallace urgently left for the United States to discuss the security situation in Ukraine, including the “threat of a nuclear attack.”

It was revealed at the end of September that Ben Wallace secretly visited Kyiv and discussed with his Ukrainian colleague Oleksiy Reznikov the increase of military support to Ukraine.

On Oct. 12, another meeting of the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine (named “Ramstein format” after the U.S. base in Germany where they were first held) was held in Brussels, bringing together representatives of about 50 countries.

According to Oleksiy Reznikov, the first thing on the agenda was the issue of strengthening of Ukraine’s air defenses.

Following the Ramstein meeting, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the meeting had been quite productive and there was “positive news” related to the transfer of modern artillery to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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