Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Meeting With Polish President Andrzej Duda

FEBRUARY 18, 2022

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw to discuss Russia’s military activities in and around Ukraine, including in Belarus.  The Secretary expressed appreciation for Poland’s strong commitment to NATO defense and deterrence, including its consistent meeting of its NATO defense spending targets and hosting of U.S. forces.  Both leaders agreed on the importance of maintaining the close security relationship between the United States and Poland to defense and deterrence along NATO’s Eastern Flank.