The Pentagon announced Thursday that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will travel to NATO headquarters in Israel, Germany, the UK and Belgium next week to hold talks with government and military leaders.
During his visit to Israel, President Joe Biden’s senior official will meet Austin Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Secretary of Defense Benny Kants to discuss Washington’s commitment to maintaining military supremacy over “shared priorities” and its neighbors will affirm. To the Pentagon report.
In Europe he will hold talks with Federal Defense Minister Annegret Gromb-Karanbauer and Federal Chancellor Advisor for Foreign and Security Policy Dr. John Hecker, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace lead.
Austin will be leaving Washington on Saturday, but not every country has given him stop dates.
The trip coincides with mounting tensions between Israel and Iran as the Biden administration seeks to involve Tehran on effectively reversing the nuclear deal torn by former President Donald Trump.
This is happening in Europe as Russia has sent showers across the continent by mobilizing troops and war equipment on the border with Ukraine.
“Russia has had more troops on the Ukrainian border since 2014 than ever before,” White House press secretary Jen Zhaki said Thursday, adding that Biden was “increasingly concerned.”
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