U.S. to host Ukraine-focused defense talks in Germany on April 26

Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin holds a joint news conference during the fourth U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue at the State Department in Washington, U.S., April 11, 2022. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy/Pool

WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will host Ukraine-focused defense talks with allies at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on April 26, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

"The goal is to bring together stakeholders from all around the world for a series of meetings on the latest (Ukrainian) defense needs and ... ensuring that Ukraine's enduring security and sovereignty over the long-term is respected and developed," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

Kirby did not say how many allies would participate.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali Editing by Chris Reese

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