Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with German Foreign Minister Baerbock – United States Department of State

The following statement is from spokesman Matthew Miller:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in Washington today on the sidelines of the NATO Summit. Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of State Baerbock reaffirmed their steadfast support for Ukraine and discussed the challenges posed by the People’s Republic of China, including the PRC’s support for Russia’s military industrial base. The Secretary of State and Foreign Minister discussed efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire that would ensure the release of hostages and the increased delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza, as well as the importance of preventing further escalation in the Middle East and the shared threat posed by Iran. They also discussed progress made toward a peace agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan and emphasized the importance of finalizing an agreement as soon as possible. The Secretary of State and Foreign Minister welcomed the announcement of the episodic deployment of conventional U.S. long-range firepower to Germany starting in 2026 as part of plans for the permanent deployment of these capabilities in the future.