At the Pentagon, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin signed a framework agreement on the strategic foundations of defense partnership between the two countries.
[The agreement included]
Confirming the U.S. Department of Defense’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as condemning Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine;
Identifying further steps in cooperation between the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the U.S. Department of Defense to increase Ukraine’s military capabilities and readiness to preserve the country’s territorial integrity, progress towards interoperability with NATO, and promote regional security; and
Reaffirming continued support by the U.S. DoD for Ukraine’s right to determine its future foreign policy course, independent of external interference, including Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO, as evidenced by the United States and Allies in a Communiqué following the June 2021 NATO Summit.