January 26, 2022
Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout:
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak to discuss Russia’s ongoing, unprovoked military build-up around Ukraine. Both leaders expressed their unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and their continuing commitment to build the defensive capabilities of Ukraine’s forces. Secretary Austin and Minister Błaszczak also exchanged views on enhancing deterrence along NATO’s Eastern Flank, highlighted the importance of maintaining NATO unity, and agreed to continue their close cooperation at this critical time.