Interfax-Ukraine
May 21, 2022

Ukraine Contact Group to hold second meeting on May 23 – Pentagon

The second meeting of Ramstein’s Ukraine Contact Group will be held on Monday, May 23, and will be hosted by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby has said.

Before the virtual meeting, Austin will speak with Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, “to discuss Ukraine’s military requirements,” Kirby said.

“The secretary will also discuss the latest tranche of security assistance the United States will send to Ukraine. President Joe Biden authorized an additional $100 million to provide Ukraine’s armed forces with additional capabilities as they continue the fight in the eastern part of the country,” Kirby was quoted as saying by the press service of Pentagon.

“The contact group meeting will include over 40 countries,” Kirby said….

He said that Reznikov will give a battlefield update and discuss what Ukraine will need moving forward. The members of the contact group will discuss “how they can best fill those capabilities,” Kirby said.

The number of countries in the contact group is fluid. There were more than 40 countries at Ramstein and Kirby said more than 40 nations have responded for Monday’s meeting with more expected. “There are some countries that have shown an interest in participating that weren’t in the first meeting,” he said….

The countries range the world, the press secretary said. At the first meeting, “you had countries from the Middle East, and countries from the Indo-Pacific,” he said. “It wasn’t just Europe, and it certainly wasn’t just NATO….”

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As reported, on April 26, the first virtual meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group was held in Ramstein, Germany.