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Hagel Meets With Defense Ministers From Baltic Nations


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WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met today in Brussels with the defense ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Hagel and his Baltic nation counterparts discussed a number of common security concerns, Pentagon officials said, including recent actions by Russia in and along the Ukrainian border and the subsequent reassurance measures taken by the United States and NATO.

The secretary thanked the three nations for their continued participation in these reassurance measures, officials added.

“The Baltic nation representatives thanked Secretary Hagel for the ongoing support from the United States,” officials said in a statement summarizing the meeting. “The four leaders also discussed their continued cooperation and the future implementation of the $1 billion European Reassurance Initiative President Barack Obama announced earlier today.”

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