After Pistorius was sworn in today in the Bundestag, he met with his US counterpart Austin at the Department of Defense.
Making a statement before the meeting, Pistorius stated that the USA is Germany’s most important ally today, as it was in the past, and stated that the war initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin gave NATO the opportunity to prove that it is a solid alliance capable of quick action.
Minister Pistorius expressed his gratitude to NATO for having a foundation based on common values, strategy and responsibility, and stated that Germany and the USA have moved shoulder to shoulder in the past and in this period.
“German systems have proven themselves in Ukraine”
Pointing out that Germany gave Ukraine howitzer, Gepard type anti-aircraft tanks and Iris-T air defense system, Pistorius noted that German systems proved themselves in Ukraine.
“In the future, together with our partners, we will continue to support Ukraine in its struggle for freedom, territorial integrity and sovereignty,” said Boris Pistorius. said.
US Secretary of Defense Austin also congratulated Pistorius on his new position.
Austin stated that Europe and the world are going through a turbulent period in terms of security and that Germany is one of the best allies of the USA, which shares common values.
Lloyd Austin thanked the German government for what Ukraine did to defend itself and for its support in strengthening NATO’s eastern flank.
“We will continue to support Ukraine’s self-defense”
Stating that the USA will meet with its counterparts from partner and allied countries as part of the Ukraine Contact Group Meeting tomorrow at the Ramstein base in Germany, Austin said, “We will continue to support Ukraine’s self-defense.”
Austin added that in his meeting with Pistorius today, they will discuss important issues in NATO and bilateral defense cooperation, as well as a preliminary discussion of the issues to be discussed tomorrow.