Pentagon announces Ramstein this week via video conference

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The meeting of representatives of the defense agencies of the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine in the Ramstein format will take place on April 26 via video conference, according to Pentagon spokesman General Patrick Ryder.

According to him, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Charles K. Brown will hold the meeting in a virtual format.

“This will be the 21st Contact Group meeting since the first session exactly two years ago,” he said.

Ramstein format

The Ramstein format, also known as the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine, is a series of international meetings of defense ministers from over 50 countries aimed at:

・Synchronizing and accelerating the provision of military assistance to Ukraine to counter Russian aggression. This includes supplying weapons, ammunition, equipment, and other military gear.

・Discussing issues of long-term support for Ukraine, including its defense capabilities after the end of the war.

・Facilitating coordination of efforts among the international community to support Ukraine.

The first meeting in the Ramstein format took place on April 26, 2022, at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Meetings are held monthly.

Source: RBC Ukraine